Draw a face proportionally

Edited by Rose B, Rafah Perlado, Rebecca M., Jonathan and 6 others

Drawing is not just drawing. It requires certain strokes and a lot of emotions. Basically, if you are mad, the outcome can be seen through it and otherwise if you're in a good mood.

Have you heard the phrase "Take a picture it last longer"? But how could you take a picture of the beautiful or handsome face that haunts you since the day you laid eyes on him/her, when in the first place you don't know the person personally? It would be awkward for sure right? So the best remedy to that is to draw their face.

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Drawing a face is a bit crucial. Not because it is hard to do (draw), but because it is hard to imitate the emotions that are seen on that exact same face. Some are given the talent to perfectly draw someones' face but mostly are not blessed with the said talent, but it won't hurt to learn would it? Everything can be acquired with enough perseverance in their system. It takes a lot of time to practice but it will surely be worth it when the time comes.

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  1. 1
    Draw an oval shape or an inverted egg shape
    Using a pencil, lightly sketch a vertical line straight at the middle. After which, draw a vertical line a little bit higher that the middle. This is where the alignment of eyes are placed. Then draw another vertical line in the middle of the lower half of the oval. This is the are where the nose alignment are placed. Finally draw the last vertical line a little bit higher from the middle of the base. It is where the lips would be placed.
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    On line number 1, draw 2 vertical almond like shapes in the middle of each side
    This will act as a guide for the eyes.
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  3. 3
    The number 2 vertical line is where the nose is aligned
    Draw a triangle right in the middle, this will act as your guide in drawing the nose.
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    Next step would be the ears
    It is place in between the line of number 1 and number 2. It is as if you are drawing a half part of the heart on each sides.
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    Finally to draw a guide with is the lips
    For this, another oblong shape needs to be placed on line number 3. It needs to be higher upon the middle of the line.
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    It is time to fill up the guides with the actual shape and parts of the face
    Make sure to use pencil, before finalizing the drawing with a permanent ink.
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    Add other details such as the hair, eyebrows, dimples and moles if available.
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    When done, trace all the details with a permanent marker and erase all the pencil outlines.
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    From there you can add background and colors to the image.
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Tips & Tricks

  • Keep practicing on how to draw the egg shape and the cross.
  • You can try to move the cross if you want to have a different view of the face.
  • You can make use of additional lines to indicate where the mouth is.
  • Keep your sketch light until you are finalizing your details.
  • You can do away with the egg shape and the cross once you are more proficient.
  • You can take a photo to see the proportion of the face.
  • Try to use your imagination and picture it on your mind.
  • Be sure to clean your work with an eraser after putting all the details.
  • Erase the guidelines that you made at the start.
  • Darken all the necessary details of your drawing.

Questions and Answers

How can I draw a proportional face?

I can not draw a proportional face. I can notice it by reflecting my drawing in a mirror

You should try the upside down egg approach, by which you draw the outline of an upside down egg, and then divide it, as shown in the introduction to this VisiHow guide. If you do this on a sheet of graph paper, to practice with, you will be able to draw a proportional face. Over time you can move to larger format graph paper, until you reach a point where you no longer need it at all. Remember that these things take time. Much like riding a bicycle, none of us start out drawing fantastic faces. So, use the graph paper as a sort of training wheels to help improve your work, and you'll be making portraits before you realize it.

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How to practice proportional drawing?

  • To be able to draw anything realistically, one of the most difficult problems to take into consideration is drawing that object proportionally. In this case, the face, in order to be rendered as similar as possible to the original, should be drawn with near perfect proportions.
  • One of the techniques that illustrators use for proportional drawing is making use of a grid structure. This drawing technique breaks down the picture into smaller, more manageable, and more visible cells/partitions.
  • You will need a ruler, paper, pencil, and a photograph of a face.
  • Draw a grid over the photograph using a pencil. You will be drawing horizontal and vertical lines of proportional sizes. For example, the horizontal and vertical lines will make two-inch blocks all over the photograph.
  • Label the row of boxes on the side with letters, starting from the topmost box, preferably labeled as A, the next box below as B, and so on.
  • Label the row of boxes on top with numbers, starting from the leftmost box, preferably labeled as 1, the next box to the right as 2, and so on.
  • In this way, each box or cell has an identity. For example, B2 or C3.
  • On a separate piece of paper, where you will draw the photograph, also draw a grid with a pencil. If you started with two-inch blocks/cells on the original photograph, make similarly sized cells on the separate piece of paper.
  • If you plan to make an illustration double that of the original photograph, make blocks that are four inches in size, if you started with two-inch blocks on the original photograph.
  • Make similarly labeled boxes on the paper, with letters and numbers.
  • When doing the drawing, on box C1, for example, the contents of that box should be duplicates of the box with the same label on the photograph. For example, if on the photograph, that box contains the left ear of the subject, on the piece of paper, it should also contain the left ear with the same angle. Be strict with this guideline on all cells/boxes.
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