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Figure Drawing: Geometry for Faces

'Drawing a face using an oval' types of tutorials are a dime a dozen all over the internet. With good reason. Because they work! Here's another one.

Step 1

We start by marking out the dimensions of the face.

Because we're using pencils and not inking, remember to DRAW LIGHTLY!!

Step 2

We join the dashes to make our oval.

Step 3

Add rough shapes of where the eyes, nose and mouth are.

Here's an interesting tit-bit. The look of a face is mostly dependent on the placement of these three features: The eyes, nose and mouth.

Their shapes are secondary to WHERE they actually are. In case you don't get it yet; it's where you place them that counts.

So make sure you have them in the right place before attempting to add the details.

Step 4

Now that we have a guideline, we go ahead and LIGHTLY sketch out the other features.

Notice that I tightened the lines of the jaw, so it's less ovally now.
Drawing is like writing. You do a rough draft first, then you slowly refine it until it looks right. Or at least, until it's acceptable.

Step 5

I switch to my 0.5 and 0.9 mechanical pencils, and actually start drawing.
Yes, you MAY increase pressure on your pencil strokes now.

Step 6

A little levels adjustment cleans the picture and darkens the lines admirably

And that's it.

To be honest, I did this on a bed, so it's a little skewed. Another tip while drawing, do it on a table. I'm serious about this one. It makes a lot of difference!

Now go start drawing, you!

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