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Drawing a face

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  • What you need to know
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Do you know how to draw a circle and some lines? Then you know how to draw a face! Putting a few points of reference in place first will greatly simplify your task. Concentrate a little, review some geometry and you're all set!


6 steps for drawing a face


  • Step 1: draw a freehand circle.
  • Step 2: draw the vertical and horizontal diameters (red lines).
  • Step 3: now draw two horizontal lines, cutting the circle into three parts (purple lines). Do the same thing with two vertical lines.
  • Step 4: extend the circle downward by drawing an oval below it. do so by drawing a U, like the illustration.
  • Step 5: draw a new horizontal line halfway between the bottom of the circle and the bottom of the U (yellow lines).
  • Step 6: everything is ready for adding the main facial features:
  • the eyes go on the lower horizontal line of the circle, where the two vertical lines marking the thirds intersect (Y).
  • the eyebrows go above the eyes, at the level of the horizontal diameter.
  • start the bridge of the nose at the center of that horizontal line and put the tip of the nose at the level of the lower line of the circle.
  • draw the ears between the level of the eyes and the tip of the nose.
    ocate the mouth on the horizontal line drawn in the U.

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See also

Hatch drawing
Dessiner en hachures
Do you ever doodle automatically on a piece of paper while you're phoning? That's the same principle as hatching: drawing parallel or spontaneous lines to create darker areas.