It depends where you want the light to come from. If it’s coming from the right, the shading should be on the left; if the light is on the left, the shading should be on the right.
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.
Draw the hair. Picture it in your mind. Is it fluffy? Or is more smooth? You should draw detailed lines. If it is fluffy, you’ll probably want curved lines inside the hair for detail lines. If it is smooth you’ll probably want straight lines.
Learn How to Draw a Realistic Face Step 1: Start with a circle
Find a face to draw. You can always make one up in your imagination. Is it more of a circle? Now that you have the picture in your head, try drawing the head.
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.
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!
If someone says your drawing isn’t good, don’t listen just keep trying. Be careful and try to not smudge your drawing if you’re putting your arm down. Don’t push down hard when drawing and draw lightly so if you need to erase you can.
Don’t show the person you’re drawing the portrait because they might become offended if it doesn’t look anything like them You can use a pen but only if you’re good at it.
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For the nose, draw a straight line down. Add a semi-circle (half a circle) from the bottom of the straight line.
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Start adding details in the eyes, eyebrows, chin line, hair,and neck.
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 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.
You could use a lightbox to trace them, and then distort their features in a cartoonish way.
Deutsch: Personengesichter zeichnen, Português: Desenhar o Rosto de uma Pessoa, Español: dibujar la cara de una persona, Italiano: Disegnare il Volto di una Persona, Русский: рисовать лицо человека, Bahasa Indonesia: Menggambar Wajah Orang, Français: dessiner le visage de quelqu’un
Take a look at the different faces I made below using rough measurements!
Draw some shades on the head if it’s a girl. Put two circles or squares.
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!
If they have freckles draw dark shaded shapes on the face. This will give a better effect. Also freckles are a sign of beauty.
My sketches do not perfectly look realistic. What should I do?
Think about the smile. Does the person show his or her teeth? Or just the lips? If it is a girl who just shows her lips you could do a sort of flat hump on both sides of the upper lips. But not on the bottom lips.
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.
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.
This beginners’ step by step tutorial is for a basic male face. The proportions are different for females.
Add Your eyes, evenly spaced, almond shape, along the top line. Nose on the second line. And mouth on the third line.
I’m trying to draw my favorite YouTubers. I’m not really going for the realistic look, I think more of a cartoonish version would be okay, but I’m having trouble getting the features to look right. What can I do?
Many RFA readers have requested me to write a tutorial on how to draw faces, so here it is!
And then you can draw his/her hair, any kind of hairstyle you want.
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.
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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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.
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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.
Usually, the face of the person is a circle. Just draw the eyes,nose and mouth.
First you draw an oblong or oval. Then draw a line that splits it in half sideways. Then another line that splits that half in half. Draw your lines lightly as they are just guides and will be erased later.
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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.
The Center Line and Line 2 mark the general boundaries for each ear.
You would just draw shorter hair and make the lips less girl-like. You can also change the eyes if you would like.
Click here for my in-depth tutorial on how to draw eyebrows!
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Sketch your drawing in pencil before using a more permanent drawing medium. You can always erase pencil or trace over it. Don’t stress when you make a mistake, just keep going. Focus on the shape of your subjects eyes, chin, and mouth.
Those are the most recognizable features. Try to redraw it, again and again. Practice makes perfect! Try different angles and expressions. Try to find distinguishable features about the person’s face.
Does he have a large nose? A strangely shaped chin? Unique eyes? Try to find a trademark feature, and then exaggerate it in your drawing. Maybe try drawing somebody who means something to you as it will make you want to do better on it.
If you find yourself mad because you think it looks bad, take a little break! Think about how good your drawing will soon turn out. Remember the features of his/her face. Then get back to work! You can also draw either a very small or very large nose if you are drawing more of a cartoon drawing.
Practice makes a man perfect. Don’t settle with the first strokes you make if you don’t like them.
A lot of people have trouble drawing faces. There are many different ways. Here’re two ways.
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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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.
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.
For the eyes, draw two almonds a little bit apart. If you are drawing a girl, add eyelashes. If it’s a boy, add more defined 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.