Technique Demonstration: Face Shapes

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You will need:

  • A sketchbook or scratch paper
  • Design® 3800 Drawing Pencil and uni-ball® VisionTM pen
  • A model (or photo of someone’s face from the front) or
  • A mirror (if you want to be your own model)

Find a model to draw
For a live model, ask someone to sit very still and relax his or her face. Make sure they face you, so you get a full front view.

Front view portraits
A front view is what you see looking straight at someone’s face.

You can be your own model if you have a mirror. Make sure the mirror shows your face straight on, so you have a full front view. You can also look through magazines to find photos of faces to practice drawing. Be sure they show full front views.

Drawing practice sketchesGet started
Start by drawing studies or quick sketches to practice. Don’t worry about making mistakes! Just keep drawing! To draw a face shapes for a front view, look straight at your model. Don’t worry about showing moods and emotions yet—just get the basic shapes down.

Face Shapes
Faces are oval or egg-shaped.

Portraits with face ovals
Every face is a little different—look carefully at your model and try to match the shape of the face.

Practice drawing face ovals Watch out for these common mistakes

Eye Shapes
Look closely at your model’s eyes to get the right shape.

Many eyes

The basic eye shape is made up of curved lines.

Practice eye shapes Watch out for common mistakes

Nose Shapes
Noses take some practice. They come in may different shapes and sizes.
Many noses

Noses don’t have hard edges or outlines—most of their shape comes from shading. But you can draw simple outlines to practice.

Practice nose shapes Watch out for common mistakes

Mouth Shapes
Mouths tell all! Mouths can tell us how old the model is, whether they are male or female, and what part of the world they came from.

Many mouths

Lip shapes can be made from several curved lines. The bottom lip is usually a little bigger than the top. There is a little dip in the top lip.

Practice lip shapes Watch out for common mistakes

Ear Shapes
You don’t see the entire ear from the front. Ears are often completely hidden by hair, earrings, hats, or wide cheeks.

Many ears

Look closely at your model to decide how much ear shows. Draw the ears using simple curved lines.

Practice ear shapes Watch out for common mistakes

Are you ready to put it together? Try your hand at Portrait Proportions! Or test your knowledge of face shapes in Carmine’s BrainStrain "What’s Wrong with this Portrait?" Or try Practicing Proportions: A drag and drop activity.



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