How to draw the face - Portrait Art Tutorials, lessons on portrait art basics. This book is highly (and frequently) recommended on this site."The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" by Betty Edwards shows how anyone can learn how to draw, even if they think they have no "talent." (If you are in the UK, look for this book on Amazon.co.uk.) One of my favorite art teachers was a student of Betty Edwards, and he taught her method in his class. This book is groundbreaking in its own way. When you get the book, check out the "before" and "after" examples of Edwards' students.
Heads (angles) The Basic Forms To draw the head from any angle you must first understand its basic structure. Look past all the distracting details and visualize the underlying forms. This ability to simplify can be applied to the features of the face, but when starting the drawing you could look even further. Ignore even the features and simplify to the most basic form of the head. The head deconstructed into its basic forms, is a sphere as the cranium and a block as the jaw and cheek bones. A Sphere as the Cranium The sides of the head are flat, so we can slice off a piece from both sides of the ball. A Block as the Jaw and Cheek Bones Attach the shape of the jaw. Constructing From Any Angle Step 1 – Determine the angle of the ball The angle of the head is established at the very beginning of the drawing with the ball. X Axis - The up and down tilt is established by the angles of the horizontal and vertical lines in the oval. Step 2 – Find the thirds Step 3 – Add the jaw Step 4 – Add the features
How to Draw a Portrait of the Head 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. I always walk around the model to get a better understanding of the model and plan out my composition. 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. 3. 4. 5.
Perspective This next set Calisthenic Exercises usually follows our Point to Point and Ellipse warm ups. Things to note, sketch on big paper (I used cheap Newsprint 11 x 17), keep loose and free (some people like to start with a ruler, but you have to work your way towards sketching freehand straight lines), and most importantly work on that mileage (practice, practice, practice). I am quickly going to go through this for your times sake (if you want more detailed notes on constructing a box I suggest a perspective drawing book). The book I used for reference is “Design Sketching” by Erik Olofsson and Klara Sjolen (this book is from Umea Institution of Design and is worth its weight in gold, filled with inspiration). 1) Always warm up with calisthenics I always try to warm up first before I sketch. 2) Two Point Perspective So here’s a basic construction of a box in two point perspective. 3) Three Point Perspective 4) Practice, practice, practice 5) Basic Lineweight 6) Choose your perspective Like this:
How to Draw the Nose Update 09-26-2012 – Above is a video version of this tutorial. For more video tutorials visit Proko.com and subscribe to the newsletter In this tutorial I will go over the structure of the nose and give detailed information about the bridge, ball, and nostrils of the nose. At the end, I will show a step by step of a nose drawing. The Major Planes When drawing the nose, I’ll usually start by indicating the 4 major planes – top, 2 sides, and bottom. Anatomical Information I think the anatomical shapes in the nose are really interesting. The Minor Planes It’s important to memorize the subtle plane changes in all the different part of the nose. Minor Planes of the Bridge The Glabella is shaped like a keystone. Minor Planes of the Ball The ball of the nose isn’t perfectly round, but has very distinct plane changes. Minor planes of the Nostrils The nostrils, also called wings, curl under themselves similar to the septum. Drawing the Nose 4. Made a video version of this tutorial.
Pencil Portrait Lessons In the last lesson on eyes we talked about the various problems that artists run into when trying to draw eyes as realistic as possible. In this lesson, we will begin the drawing process. There are two things that you need to do in order to in order to get started. The first is to make sure you are using the right tools. If you have trouble finding the tools locally, or if you would simply like to help support this site, you can purchase the tools directly from my Shopping Center by clicking on the Pencil Portrait Supplies link in the upper left section of this page. The next thing that you have to have is your initial sketch drawn on your paper. Step One - The Pupil The first step is to draw in the pupil. Important Note: Make sure that you do NOT color in the areas that will be the highlights. Step Two - The IrisBefore we start drawing in the iris, I want to talk a moment about a technique called hatching. This image illustrates both the correct and incorrect usage of hatching.
How to Think of What to Draw Edit Article Edited by Dvortygirl, Laptop123, Nicole Willson, Random and 41 others Have you been inspired to draw, including getting inspiration from famous artists, or are just doing it for fun? Ad Steps 1Doodle. 21Look back through old sketchbooks for ideas. Tips Don't be afraid to try something new or make something up as you go. Warnings While there's nothing wrong with drawing from a photograph to practice, keep in mind that you may not be able to publish the result if you don't hold the copyright or have permission.
Girls As the founder of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, I’m besieged by newbies who want to attend, but have the terror they’re not good enough. Here’s an basic guide to the complex art of figure drawing, so you can show up to your local alt.drawing salon and wield you pencil with pride. 1.) Don’t be precious with materials. 2.) 3.) 4.) 5.) 6.) 7.) EXTRA CREDIT: Get a copy of Drawing the Head and Figure , a simple-to-follow guide to making stuff look right Most importantly, draw! Words and Art by Molly Crabapple with modeling by Katelan Foisy and photos by Lauren Goldberg. Follow us @ChinaShopMag Molly Crabapple and Katelan Foisy Molly Crabapple Katelan Foisy and art by Molly Crabapple Katelan Foisy how to draw like molly volume 1 A picture Speaks 1000 words Molly Gets down A Red Rose: The perfect Accessory Have no fear : just grab a pen! Molly Finds the Line One Sultry Session Anything Becomes Art A Sultry Smile molly makes art A proud moment Capturing the Character: Katelan Foisy "What You Lookin' At" Gorgeous
Lackadaisy Expressions Boy, I didn't know what I was getting myself into when I started this. I've had requests for some sort of expressions tutorial dating back a while now, so I figured, "Sure! I can explain expression drawing...and it'll be way better than all those tutorials out there that are nothing but charts of generic expressions. Yeah! Just give me a day or two to whip something up..." Um. Anyway, I found all I could really do was try to explain ways to teach yourself...and then add some pictures.