How to Draw a Portrait of the Head - StumbleUpon
The most important part of a drawing is the start, not the finish. This tutorial will focus on how to start a portrait drawing, using basic blocking-in techniques. When drawing a portrait from life, you don’t want to just jump-in and draw. In addition, whenever I do a head study, or a portrait, I don’t start out by trying to capture a “likeness.” Here is my process for drawing portraits: 1. Mark the top of skull, not the hair, then locate the line of the chin, mark the back of the skull and two lines for the angles of the front of the skull. Look for the bone structure of the skull not the features of the face—that will come later. 2. Divide the head into thirds: one third is from the top of the head to the top of the eye socket; the second is from the top of the eye socket to the base of the nose; and the third is from the base of the nose to the bottom of the chin. Next, locate the position of the eyes and the middle of the ears. 3. 4. 5. For more drawings and tips from H.