The head in profil

The Head in Profile

Up to this point, you’ve been reading about measuring facial features as though you were viewing the head from the front. You probably want to know if any of these measurements change when you draw your subject in profile.

Here’s the good news! They don’t change one bit. The measurements for locating the features from the top to the bottom of the head is the same for both a front view and a profile.

For example, the eyes continue to be located halfway between the top of the head and the chin, as the picture below.


There are two additional measurements you should remember when drawing profiles: 


First, the distance from the tip of the nose to the back of the head should be the same as that from the chin to the top of the head. Therefore, the outside dimensions of a head in profile form a square.

Second, the distance from the inner corner of the eye to the bottom of the chin is equal to the distance from the outer corner of the eye to the back of the ear.


When drawing a profile, pay attention to the angle that would be created if you were to draw.

Do an imaginary line from the tip of your model’s nose to his or her chin and from the nose to the forehead. This angle establishes the overall likeness to your subject, which becomes important because of the wide variety of nose sizes relative to the size of your model’s head.

If your model has a long pointy nose, the angle should be rather sharp. However, if your model has a small, flat nose, the angle should be rather flat too.

Do like in the pictures below according to the shape of your model's face adapting the lines to the shape of the portrait you wish to do.




Last modified: Friday, 22 May 2020, 17:11