The Human Face
THE HUMAN FACE
Every face is unique, each with a wonderfully different combination of features. A nose may be long or wide. Lips may be full or thin. Eyes may be close together or far apart. But no matter how a person’s eyes, nose, mouth, and other facial features come together, one thing is for certain: They add up to a one-of-a-kind combination. This unique quality of each face makes drawing or painting portraits a challenge one full of fascination for not only the artist but also the subject.
Drawing a face and positioning its features properly on the head it requires a familiarity with the shape of a face and the basic proportions of its features.
Some people’s eyes are close together; others’ are far apart. Some people’s ears sit higher on their heads than other people’s. Learn to draw faces according to the general rules, and then you’ll be able to adapt your work to the distinguishing characteristics that make each dividual unique.
• Draw an oval with a tapered end to represent ahead.
(The head is generally oval with slight variations.)
• Divide this shape in half by drawing a vertical line
through the centre of the oval.
• Divide the shape in half again by drawing a horizontal
line through its centre