Drawing A Face In Profile

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Drawing A Face In Profile

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I left the tattoos out of the skin because i wanted folks to choose what they wanted on their profile picture here is the line art

HB Derwent pencil Kneaded eraser A straight edge or ruler (optional)

5. Last but not least, she has purdy earrings.   (The list has to end on 5…I dunno why. Four points just seem so incomplete, don’t you think? I knew you’d agree!  “OCD much?” Why yes, I do.)

To draw an eye, draw a circle between lines F and G on the Center Line, or draw a triangle between lines G and H on the Center Line.

3. Her eyes are triangles. You heard me, triangles. She’s not some kind of alien freak, as far as I know this triangle factoid is true for everyone (unless they’re a cartoon character).

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Followup with the jaw and chin. Keep in mind that they do not need to follow along the underlayer created in step 4.

Step 9. We’re going to place the ear now. First compare your sketch and photo. Use a ruler to measure where the ear has to go. Notice that in this picture the ear will be lower than the eyebrow. Remember: the size of one’s ear is generally proportional to the size of one’s nose.)

Draw an oval and place a horizontal line below it about one oval down and draw a vertical line down the middle.

Draw a shallow ‘c’ shape where the Center Line and Face Line intersect. Shape the brow bone, working your way up to the forehead and merge the line back into the oval.

Step 3. Compare your sketch to the original. Use a ruler to see if the chin lines up. Using this method I can see that my triangle’s bottom corner (chin) is too far to the right. Correct it.

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Click the following link and hit the download button beside the printer icon to download the PDF: RapidFireArt Tutorials – How to Draw a Face from the Side

You can also create these lines without the ruler on the side, but I recommend using it at least the first 2 or 3 times you practice drawing a face from the side.

There is never just one way to draw something. What I attempt to show you is how to study a subject yourself, to dissect it and recreate it in your own, unique way. Since everything consists of basic shapes, once you have a reference photo and you are able to break down your subject into circles, triangles and squares, you can draw ANYTHING.

3. And Practice. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” –  Aristotle

Step 10.  Draw the ear. It’s basically an oval that is open on the left side.

Draw the bottom lip above line 3. Underbite or overbite?? Your choice!

Update: Draw two lines from the top of the head through the markings labelled ‘F’ and ‘G’.

Draw the top and back of the head by following along the oval and taking a plunge all the way down, creating the back of the neck. When you draw the front part of the neck, try not to go too far left past the middle of the head.

2. You’ll notice the ear is almost in the centre of the head.

1. The fact that she’s looking to the left creates all kinds of annoying wobbles on that side of her head.

I prefer the first one, but those of you who have done this tutorial, might find the second one more appealing. If these two images don’t make any sense right now, don’t worry, you’ll see what they mean later.

Step 11. Add hair. (Not sure how to go about it? Here’s a hair tutorial)

Those of you who liked my other face tutorial might like this method since you can measure things out and calculate where everything should go.

Step 13. Final details. Clean up your lines a bit, add some loose strands of hair, give her some eye lashes, etc.

Add some finishing touches.. and you’re all set! Practice this a few more times and when you’re comfortable, try drawing without the two rulers on the side and bottom of your drawing!

Sorry in advance if the image quality is not up to par. I just moved back to Canada from a one year trip in Japan and couldn’t bring my scanner with me. So I scanned these images with my phone. I did my best to make everything clear, so I hope you guys enjoy the tutorial!

Draw two small circles: one on the face line between lines 1 and 2 and another circle to the right of that.

On the side, draw a ruler the same length as your drawing and divide the ruler into eight equal spaces starting in the center. Make sure the spaces are as equal as possible! Use a straight edge to extend these markings over your drawing without pressing too hard.

Step 1. Draw an oval and divide as shown.  The horizontal line indicates where the eye will go. The vertical line (*) is entirely optional, but I find it helps me place the ear, it helps me find the edge of the face.

Make a horizontal line at the bottom of your drawing spanning from the middle of the head to the front of the face. Divide the line into 6 sections.

Draw the top lip under line 2. Now that we have one lip drawn, it’s time to draw the mouth’s corner. Place a small tick on line H.

Draw a straight line down the front of the face (let’s call this the face line). Stop at line 2 and slant inwards the rest of the way down. Connect the ear to the chin to complete the jaw.

Draw an ear on the left side of the head between line C and line 2. Click here for a detailed tutorial on how to draw ears.

You can forget about this ruler for now. We’ll come back to it later.

Click here for a detailed tutorial on drawing noses from the side.

Step2.  Add brow ridge. Make an indentation where the nose starts, where the circle meets the triangle.

Step 1. Draw a circle and triangle like these. They’ll serve as guides, so don’t press too hard if you’re using a pencil (er… and don’t draw this in ink. Seriously. Don’t.) Note: the bottom right corner where your triangle and circle meet will end up  being the jawline.

Draw a regular hairline on the forehead between lines A and B or a receding hairline above line A.

Step 5. Add neck and ear.  The ear is just above and behind the jaw. Suggestion: You could study your own jaw and ear in a mirror (or just feel it with your fingers where you are now) to get an idea of how your ear and jaw meet up.  Once you’ve placed the ear it should be easy to draw the neck. As you can see, if you were to extend the neck, the earlobe would be in the middle of it. This is true for this picture, but might not be true in other cases, as it depends on the angle of the photo and the build of the individual.

There is more than one method to draw a face from the side. When I looked around on the Net I found at least three starting points, but in this tutorial I’ll just show you two.

Step 5. In the face area, erase that annoying circle guide so you’ll have a clean area to put the eye brow. Again reference the photo to see what the shape should be. It’s basically a distorted new moon.

Also known as “Monkey Face Method”. Creative name is creative.

Step 7. Add nose details. (Nose tutorial)  Add fish lips. You can minimize the fish effect by making the lines less visible than the rest. The more visible her lip lines the more fishy she will look.

To learn how to draw short hair and shade it realistically, click here!

Step 6. Add the eye. Remember it is a triangle. The left side is in line with that indented curve between the nose and brow. The outer corner of the eye (right corner) is in line with the outer end of the brow. From the outer corner of the eye you can draw a straight line through to the inner corner of your eyebrow to give you an idea of the angle of the upper lid.

Step 4. Add the “wobbles”. Since you already have the brow, it would be a good idea to work from there upwards. She has a flat forehead that goes straight up and then curves rather sharply at the top. Peek at your reference as you work, it’s an open book test and you won’t be penalized for looking. In fact we encourage it! When you draw the nose, work from the brow ridge down. It is going to protrude from your initial guideline triangle. Remember the nose is basically a triangle too. Don’t worry too much about lip detail at this stage. (If you have read the previous face tutorial you’ll know that the halfway mark between the nose and chin serves as a guide for the placement of the bottom lip.)

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Line your straight edge or ruler up to the marking labelled ‘H’ and draw a straight line through the face.

Here are some more profile sketches. Notice how each person is different. Some have round chins, others have big eyes, while other’s have flat foreheads. Keep these things in mind when you draw your faces. Feel free to study these sketches and use the techniques in your own way.

Click here for a detailed tutorial on how to draw an eye from the side!

Hey Guys! I’m back with a new tutorial as a followup to the last one: how to draw a face from the front. This tutorial is very similar to the last one because it uses the same ruler ‘a,b,c, center line, 1,2,3’. If you followed my last tutorial, this one should be easy for you to pick up.

Drawing A Face In Profile