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.
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.
Draw two smaller ovals for the knees, half-overlapping the bottoms of the thigh ovals.
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.
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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To draw a person, start by sketching a basic wire frame for them that includes their head and body. Then, go back in and draw the shapes of their body parts, including their arms and legs. Once you’re finished drawing their body, sketch their clothes, hair, and facial features. Finally, erase the sketch marks inside of the main outline and color or shade in your drawing.
You draw the triangles with pencil, and use them as a rough frame with which to draw feet in pen. Then, erase the triangles and the pen-drawn feet will remain.
At either end of the collar guideline, sketch circles that are slightly smaller than the circle you drew for the head earlier. These will be the shoulders…
About half a head-length above the upside-down triangle, draw a very small circle; this is the belly button. To ensure your figure is proportionate, adjust the bicep ovals so that their bottoms are even with the height of the belly button.
Draw a guideline if you need to.
Draw a smooth outline, add body details, and add clothing and accessories.
Draw a horizontal line perpendicular to the base of the neck but very lightly. This is a guideline for the figure’s collar bone. It should be about two to three head widths in length.
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.
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The Center Line and Line 2 mark the general boundaries for each ear.
Sketch the details for the faces, clothes, shoes, features, etc.
Drawing a person may sound difficult, but it’s really a simple process if you approach it systematically. The easiest way to draw people is with the Ball-and-Socket technique, a method in which the artist sketches several conjoined ovals to form the body parts of the human figure and draft the figure’s pose. It may seem basic, but many professional illustrators routinely use this technique to make their artwork, and this technique is both versatile and easy to learn.
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Español: dibujar personas, Français: dessiner une personne, Português: Desenhar Pessoas, Italiano: Disegnare le Persone, Deutsch: Personen zeichnen, Русский: рисовать людей, 中文: 画人物, Bahasa Indonesia: Menggambar Orang, العربية: رسم الأشخاص, ไทย: วาดตัวการ์ตูนคน, 日本語: 人を描く, Nederlands: Mensen tekenen, 한국어: 사람 그리는 법
Draw the torso at the points where the bicep ovals meet the shoulder circles. This can be achieved by drawing a kind of upside-down trapezoid shape for the chest, and two vertical lines for the abdominal trunk.
Beneath that, draw an upside-down triangle for the pelvic area.
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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.
Refining (in art terms) means to “clean up” the sketchy mess underneath what’s going to be the proper piece. This usually involves erasing sketches, darkening outlines, etc.
Draw the neck next. You can usually just draw two short, straight lines roughly ears-width apart.
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.
Sketch two circles that are slightly larger than your shoulder circles, so that they are each halfway inside the pelvic triangle. These are your hip joints.
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All of them are good. You will want an artist’s graphite pencil box to do this as professionally as possible. Though if you only want one a F, HB or B will be fine, or you could just do this with a #2 pencil.
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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!
Don’t be disappointed if you don’t believe that your drawings are good. Not everyone has a talent to be able to draw, but you will get better with practice. Don’t feel like you have to draw it exactly like the drawing.
Get messy, and make mistakes, that’s how you learn! You may find yourself getting frustrated. If this is the case, take a break and come back to your drawing later. Some people may find nude figures or adult subject matter offensive.
As an artist, you have the basic freedom to draw whatever you want, but be mindful of whom you are drawing, and where.
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Draw two long ovals (the same length as the torso) beneath the hip joint circles. These are the thighs.
First, choose an angle that the light is coming from. The side where the light is should be lightest, and the opposite side should be darkest. Shade the in-between parts going gradually darker as you move away from the light.
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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.
You made need to see this explained a different way. Search YouTube for tutorials on drawing people and see if you can find one that’s more helpful.
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.
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.
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Click here for my in-depth tutorial on how to draw eyebrows!
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.
Start with the upper body first. For the head, sketch a circle, and then add a sharp curve at the bottom of it to form an upside-down egg shape.
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.
Sketch the body shapes needed to help you build the figures’ bodies.
Sketch the wireframes to create the pose for your people in the scene (sketch different colors to prevent confusion between figures).
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 two small circles on the ends of the forearms for the hands.
You should study photos of people in various poses, and note where the creases are on their clothes. In general, they appear at the joints: ankles, wrists, knees, and elbows.
You can draw a smooth line by making sure your hand is steady and drawing lightly at first, then going back over the line to make it darker. Go slow and make sure your arm is resting on a sturdy surface.
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.
Don’t rush things, but be prolific. Draw often. Practice makes perfect! Get in the habit of sketching lightly. This will make your eraser marks less obvious, as well as put less strain on your hands. You can always go back and darken your lines later, once you’re satisfied that you’ve sketched out what you want.
Don’t draw the body first. Instead, focus on the shape and size of your character’s head. From there on you will be able to better continue the drawing based on the heads proportion. Drawing a body first makes figuring out the head size more challenging.
Long thick strokes are harder to control than shorter light ones. Instead, use a feather motion to create the line you are looking for. Start out using a pencil. If you make a mistake, you can just erase and try again.
Take time to make sure that you’re seated in a well-lit and comfortable place. If your body’s uncomfortable, your mind will have trouble focusing, and you’ll never get the results you want. Visit the library or a bookstore and look at some art books.
The internet is also a fantastic source for examples of professional artwork from around the world. Try to get inspiration from your friends, family or simply the internet. Try to look outside for inspiration if you are struggling.
Plunge yourself into the figure-drawing world. Find artists whose art you enjoy, and practice emulating their techniques. If you’ll watch a pro football player to see how professional football is played, then why not watch a pro artist to see how professional art is made? If you can’t get a feeling for how the characters would look in a specific scene, try making the pose you’re trying to achieve, this could make the vision more real to you and you can focus more on whatever you’re having trouble on.
Always keep trying. If you need to erase a lot, it’s fine. It just means you’re fixing your mistakes, which is the proper thing to do. Remember, you can’t paint a masterpiece or draw a person in five seconds and make it look perfect.
Think about how patient and persistent Da Vinci had to have been! Ask others to draw it for you, then use some of their ideas. Think of how you are going to draw the figure. If you don’t know what to draw, it always helps to use easy shapes such as circles, ovals, etc.
This helps you do the outline of the drawing.
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.
This beginners’ step by step tutorial is for a basic male face. The proportions are different for females.
Sketch two triangles at the bottoms of the calf ovals. These are the feet.
Take a look at the different faces I made below using rough measurements!
Draw two ovals slightly longer than the vertical length of the head, so that they are attached to the underside of the shoulder circles. These will be the upper arms/biceps.
Females are basically the same as males, but have rounder faces and smoother muscles. Their clothes are generally more flattering, and their hair is an even more important feature.
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Study photos of people in various poses, and note where the crease are. In general, they appear at the joins: ankles, wrists, knees, and elbows.
Go back up to the biceps and draw two more ovals beneath them for the forearms.
Sketch the wire frames and positions for your characters (or people).
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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.
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Use pencil for the wire frame and the details so that you can erase as necessary, then go over the details and outline with something more refined and not eraseable so that when you erase the wire frame you only erase the wire frame and not the actual details.