Once you’ve divided the head into these sections, you can place the features (like eyes, nose and ears) based on the guiding lines you sketched.
Super SIMPLE Method: If it’s still a little confusing, check out my simple method here. It’s also paired with a video so you can see how I do it!
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Extend the 2 lines where the inner corners of each eye are located. These guidelines will determine the nose’s width. Now that we have a box, it’s time to draw the nose. Click here to see my nose tutorial! Start with a circle, resting it anywhere between line 1 and 2. You can give your male character a more chiseled appearance by drawing the nose using very angular shapes.
Click here for my in-depth tutorial on how to draw eyebrows!
A model’s likeness is achieved through careful observation and adjustment of the classical features. To catch the model’s character, artists frequently sketch people from life and interact with their models to understand and to capture the “soul” of the sitter.
In the drawing above titled “When She Sails,” I made a graphite sketch on a separate piece of paper and then transferred the outline onto my fine drawing paper to work in color. It’s crucial to work out the anatomy of the face in the sketch. I always tap the graphite lines before I begin shading in color. I work on the eyes first and then build the skin tones and everything else in the picture.
The manliness of a male face lies in its clean, straight lines. To draw it correctly, an artist must consider the head’s rotation, gesture and the placement of facial features.
When drawing a face, think of it as a shape divided into parts. The horizontal eye line divides the face exactly in half. Then the lower half is divided in half, too: from eyes to the tip of the nose and from the nose to the chin. The ears sit between the eyebrow line and the tip of the nose, but if the face goes up or down the position of the ears changes.
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The Center Line and Line 2 mark the general boundaries for each ear.
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Draw a large circle and make a horizontal line below it for the chin. Then sketch the jawline. Draw a vertical line down the center of the face and make sure both sides of the face are symmetrical.
A few differences between male and female face are:Men have larger faces with sharp angles that usually create chiseled jawlines and square-like heads.Only men have the Adam’s apple in their necks.Men usually have shorter eyelashes and much thicker eyebrows.
They also have angled cheeks, wider noses and wider necks.Male lips tend to curve less with a narrower upper lip. Facial hair separates males from females. Even the clean-shaven male face exhibits a faint gray line marking the beard and mustache.
Note: Remember to use a blunt HB pencil for these steps. I used a 4B so you can clearly see what I’m doing. Remember, the darker you go and the harder you press, the more difficult it will be to erase your under-layers/guidelines.
If you have an electric eraser, use it to quickly get rid of all the guidelines that run through your drawing. You can clean up certain dark spots or tight spaces with a kneaded eraser.
Draw a vertical line down the center of each eye. This will mark the lips’ outer boundary. Click here for my lips tutorial. If you’ve already read it, place your triangle in the small box under the nose to start. If you drew the nose well above line 2, extend the triangle so the tip touches the nose.
Extend the nose’s bridge past the eyelids to define the brow bone (this step is optional). These lines should be very light! Using a 4B pencil, draw the eyebrows along the brow bone. Facial features that can accentuate masculinity are thick bushy eyebrows!
Learn to draw unique faces by experimenting with various eye shapes, eyebrow angles, nose lengths/widths, etc… Grab a piece of paper and draw as many faces as possible!
Draw the upper hairline somewhere in between line A and B. It’s up to you how large you want the forehead to be. To draw a receding hairline, go above line A. When you’re drawing a man’s face, bring in hair from the sides of the head to create a solid and visible looking hairline.
In the second step, sketch the general placement of facial features and quickly shade the darkest areas to set the contrast.
This beginners’ step by step tutorial is for a basic male face. The proportions are different for females.
To learn how to draw a male face, it’s best to sketch from life and pay attention to the following differences in faces between the sexes.
On the face, mark the center line with 4 ticks spread equally apart. The eyes will sit roughly on this line. Don’t be afraid to move slightly above or below the line, since eyes are usually slanted. If you want to draw more mysterious manly eyes, click here.
There are 2 ways to do this step: Ruler or no ruler. I highly recommend using the ruler method for the first couple of faces you draw. Why? Because doing this step without it can throw your proportions off like crazy. Especially if you have trouble locating the ‘center’ of an object with your eyes. The no ruler method requires you to split multiple sections of the face in half and then in half again.
Start re-establishing the deepest darks with a soft 4-6B graphite pencil. Then, shade the middle tones with a 2B pencil and lift out the highlights with a kneaded eraser. Keep the direction of the light and how it affects form as you sketch.
As always, you don’t need to stick to the exact guidelines above. Learn how to draw heads using the basic guidelines and then mix and match facial features and face proportions.
Take a look at the different faces I made below using rough measurements!
Many RFA readers have requested me to write a tutorial on how to draw faces, so here it is!
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To make it easy to digest, I split the tutorial up into 3 parts: How to draw a face from the front, side and 3/4 view. This is part 1 of 3. I came up with the original methods in these 3 tutorials by measuring over a dozen adult faces, so each tutorial carries over the same measuring techniques. Drawing faces should be easy as pie after you get the proportions down.
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Start by sketching the top and bottom of the subject’s head to “lock” it on the page. This helps keep you within the bounds of the marks and determine accurate proportions without accidentally shifting or cropping the subject. Then, draw a vertical center line to show the face’s rotation in space. Finally, sketch several horizontal parallel lines following the proportions described above.
No Ruler Method: Without the ruler, I draw lines in this order: CENTER LINE, 2, 3, B, A, C (B is included because it’s easier to break the forehead section in half first, especially when you’re drawing freehand). This is the method I use to draw heads all the time.
Through this fun exercise, you will be able to draw faces faster with little effort, identify proportional errors when you revisit old drawings, identify what makes certain faces look more realistic than others, be able to draw cartoons, caricatures and more.
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I hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial on how to draw a face for beginners and found it easy to follow. If you have any questions or requests, leave it in the comments below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.
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Ruler Method: Make a ruler beside your drawing that is the same height. The ruler should be marked so there are 8 equal spaces. Always start with the center line. Draw faint lines through the face on the markings labelled CENTER LINE, 2, 3, A, and C. As you get used to this, you won’t need to draw the ruler on the side.