How to Draw a Face: PART 1 Basics

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Drawing a Face

Drawing faces is easy with these simple tips for absolute beginners. All you need is 3 pieces of card and a pencil, oh, and some paper. If you were to measure your own face you’ll find some interesting facts. Did you know that the width of an eye equals the gap between the eyes. The distance between the pupils is the same as the length of the nose. The length of the nose is equal to the distance from the tip of the nose to the chin. This is the same for every face because parts of the face are in proportion to each other. There are obviously differences between faces because of ethnicity, age, sex etc. It is interesting that despite the differences all the elements of the face will still be in proportion to each other.

This is the first of a series of art tutorials on How to Draw a Face. The tutorial is aimed at absolute beginners to drawing faces. This easy drawing tutorial begins with me showing how to simply measure parts of the face, like the width of an eye and length of a nose. These measurements are in direct proportion to other elements of the face. I explain visually that the eyes are halfway between the top of the head and the chin, that ears are level with the nose etc.

Using a very simple I explain how to draw the face in proportion when looking at the face from the front, side, top and bottom. This arts tutorial is not about how to draw eyes or noses etc, but where to place them accurately on the face. This art tutorial is aimed at those who wish to learn how to start drawing and drawing for beginners.


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