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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.
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Español: dibujar personas reales, Português: Desenhar Pessoas de Forma Realista, Deutsch: Realistische Menschen zeichnen, Italiano: Disegnare Persone Realistiche, Français: dessiner un visage réaliste, Русский: рисовать реалистичных людей, 中文: 画写实风格的人物形象, Bahasa Indonesia: Menggambar Manusia Realistis, Nederlands: Mensen realistisch tekenen, العربية: رسم أشخاص واقعيين
People are arguably the most difficult subject to draw realistically. Read on to discover the rules of drawing a realistic face as well as a realistic figure.
This beginners’ step by step tutorial is for a basic male face. The proportions are different for females.
You can always sell your artwork. Consider learning how to draw portraits or caricatures of people, and then sketching people at craft fairs, etc. You can sell your sketches and drawings there as well.
Just make the hair a bit different and change the body shape a bit. Draw light sketches so you can always erase and try again.
Make neat shapes for the eyes on the eye-line guide and a realistic nose on the vertical line and a pair of lips as well.
Focus, time, and patience. Find something you’d like to focus on, perhaps: animals, objects, cartoon people/pets, etc. Begin with basic references or templates: learn how to make a base and go from there.
Create a realistic shape of the ear-outline on either side of the head originating from the eye-level.
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.
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.
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Click here for my in-depth tutorial on how to draw eyebrows!
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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.
Add further details to the eyebrows and the eyes. Add a small detail to the chin as well.
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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Join three horizontal lines for guides to the eyes, nose and mouth.
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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Draw the realistic lips of the human at the bottom of the nose symmetrical of shape on either side of the vertical dividing line.
Because it takes years of consistent practice to get really good at drawing. The more you practice, the better your drawings will look.
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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!
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How do I draw the same face except with realistic smiling lips?
How can I use a photograph of a person to make a drawing look like that person?
Draw lemon-shaped circles on either side for the eyes and the a small curved line for the tip of the nose.
Bisect the circle with a vertical line extending out of the circle at the bottom. Add connecting lines to form the guides to jaws and the chin of the human head.
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.
Make sure you draw lightly so it’s more of a sketch than the final project. When you are finished with the sketches, erase them. They are easier to erase now that your lines are lighter.
When I draw a person I always draw the body too small for the head. How do I fix this?
Erase slowly and lightly. If you accidentally erase the face, you’ll still be able to see it, it will just be faded. You can easily redraw it.
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.
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Practice stenciling out the lips alone and use shading, too. Then, once you think you’re good enough, try putting it with the face.
Pan out the body first, in pencil very lightly, so that you can rub anything out and resize it as needed.
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.
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.
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Why does my drawing always come out wonkier than the one on screen?
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!
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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!
Learn How to Draw a Realistic Face Step 1: Start with a circle
Remember to choose good lighting. Overcast and late day sun can be good, direct sun can make features look harsh and make the person squint. Also, mix up the pose a bit. Looking directly at the camera and sitting up can be boring, so try to use different angles and poses.
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.
Practice, practice, practice. That’s the main thing that will help you improve. Watching videos on how to draw things also helps, and can help you get inspiration. The more you practice, the better you become.
Create a smaller circle and bisect it with a vertical line extending out from the bottom of the circle.
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.
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The Center Line and Line 2 mark the general boundaries for each ear.
Add joining guides for the eyes, nose ,mouth and the outline of the jaw and chin as well.
Create hair on the skull with bunches of irregular hair dropping on either side.
Take a look at the different faces I made below using rough measurements!
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.
Many RFA readers have requested me to write a tutorial on how to draw faces, so here it is!
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.
On the basis of the guides of the head, draw the hair of the human.
Form the shoulders, and the upper arms together with the breasts to complete the guidelines.