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Drawing a Human Face - A Guide

Annette Labedzki

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Drawing a Human Face and mastering it accurately for a realistic look are among the key skills pertaining to Art. Drawing a Human Face is quite complex, and involves many diverse facets, which usually put the artists in a catch-22 situation. A Human Face contains a plethora of small details, which vary from person to person.

The basic techniques to draw a Human Face are as follows:

Human Face Outline. Human Faces are different in shapes (viz. , Oval, Round, & Square) and sizes (Large, Medium, & Small). Two points to be kept in mind while drawing a Human Face are its Jaw Line and Hairline. Based on the observation of the Human Face to be portrayed, sketch its outline.

Face Proportioning. Draw a Vertical Line down the Middle of the drawn Human Face. This Line forms the Midpoint for measuring Eyes Separation and Nose Width.

Face Segments. Cut the drawn Face into three equal Segments, with the help of three Horizontal Lines. The top of the First Segment will begin with the Hair Line and the Bottom of the Segment will form the Eye Brows. The Second Segment of the Face runs from the Eyebrows to the Bottom of the Nose. The Third Segment runs from the Bottom of the Nose to the Bottom of the Chin.

Eyes. At the top of the Middle Segment, draw two Almond shapes, these are Eyes. The Eyes are always an Eye-Length apart. The Length of an Eye is generally equal to the distance between the two Eyes.

Nose. Down the Central Line, within the Second Segment of the sketched Face, draw Nose. The Inner Corners of the Eyes should align with the Wings of the Nose. The Nose is narrow near the Center of the Eyes Separation, and is broad at the Nostrils. While doing a portrait, drawing a Nose precisely gives your portrait more authority.

Ears. They are drawn on the sides of the Human Face, below the Hair Line. The Upper Lobes of the Ears are visible from the Front of the Face. Ears are broad at the top and are narrow at the bottom, with a plenty of intricate Lines.

Mouth. A Mouth is drawn at the Middle of the Third Segment. The Edge of the Mouth should align with the Center of the Eyes Separation. This can be checked by placing a Pencil at the Middle of the Eye. If the Pencil touches the Outer Corner of the Mouth, it is lined up accurately. The addition of Mouth to the Human Face makes it more expressive.

Hair. Draw the Hair Strands from the Ear Edge and upwards. The Hair covers up most of the room in the foremost fragment.

Experience, practice, and a fervent observation of the Human Face, usually help an artist draw it effortlessly. Drawing a Human Face to perfection is no doubt a vital milestone for an artist.

Annette Labedzki received her BFA at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver, B. C. Canada. She has more than 25 years experience. She is the founder and developer of an online art gallery featuring original art from all over the world. It is a great site for art collectors to buy original art. Is is also a venue for artists to display and sell their art . Artists can join for free and their image upload is unlimited. Please visit the website at


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