hello! I haven't done an article about drawing in awhile, and I was just looking through my articles and I found that my most popular article, isn't really that great. I wrote it just over a year ago and I feel like I have better things to say now than just a few quick tips and youtube videos. this article will hopefully cover more and be much more helpful than the last. (it also might be a bit more boring, sorry! I will also be linking a bunch of videos at the end like my last article!!) Please keep in mind though that I've never taken an art class, and I'm not a professional artist, all this stuff is just stuff I've learned and used to improve my own drawings.

here's the article if you wanted to take a look! (thank you so much for the likes on it too what??)

contents:

  • the skull
  • the skin and stuff
  • colour
  • symmetry and proportions
  • practice
  • videos

the skull

the skull is super important to learn once at a certain level if you want to get really good at drawing faces, regardless of whether you like to draw cartoon characters or realistic people. the best way to study and draw the skull is with an anatomical skeleton, I have a miniature skull I got from a local art supply store for $15, which has really helped me get better at drawing faces and heads. Finding pictures online works just as well though! try drawing them from a few angles and try to get use to the structure of a realistic skull, if your art is very stylised/non-realistic you will also need to eventually figure out how the skull would work for the characters you draw. (keeping your art stylised gets harder as you get better at drawing and start learning more advanced anatomy and practice from real photos, which is why it's important to let yourself have fun and draw in your regular style, just for fun, and just as much as, if not more than studying 'real' anatomy and stuff!)

the skin and stuff

ok, now you know what a skull looks like and you can draw one pretty well, now what?? when I first started learning to draw faces from skulls I would draw out the skull first and then add stuff on top when I was studying faces, which is how I'm going to be explaining this part.

the first thing you need to do is put in some eyeballs! pro tip: draw both eyes at the same time instead of one after the other, other wise it's difficult to get them to be the same. don't add a bunch of detail to the eyes yet, pretty much just draw the basic eye shape and some simple eye lids!(don't forget to sketch in some eyebrows, not fully, but just the basic shape by drawing a bunch of little lines, just to mark where the eye brows are!) after that I like to add the nose, I usually start with a circle where I want the very tip to be and then go from there. the mouth is the trickiest bit for me, I start with a line in the middle that would follow the shape of real lips, then shade underneath where the bottom lip would be and then I pretty much continue adding on and shading on and around the mouth until I'm happy. ( I don't think that really makes sense but I hope you some what get what I mean.)

the next step is to add some flesh to the face, which is fairly easy it just takes a bit of practice. Keep in mind that skin isn't a thin sheet against the skull, there is a layer of muscle and a bit of fat underneath, particularly in the cheeks. Depending on the body type of who ever you're drawing, the face will vary amounts of these things!

now you can go back and erase any guides and bits of the skull, add details, and render the face. keep in mind:

  • eyelashes don't all go in the same direction, they're also slightly curved and not perfectly straight.
  • eye brows also are perfectly straight!! the hairs at the start of the eyebrow usually point more upwards and gradually go horizontal as the taper off the other side.

colour

I'm not going to go to into depth on colour, because a lot of the things relating to colour depend on what medium you are using! pretty much all I have to say here is to keep in mind different undertones (cool , warm, neutral etc.) and what ever you do, don't darken skin tones with black, you can look up colour mixing charts and colour tutorials for what ever medium your using (oil, coloured pencils, water colour etc. or even digital!)

symmetry and proportions

proportion tips(for a realistic or semi-realistic face.):

  • nose is pretty much right in the middle of the face
  • the top of the ears generally lines up with the middle of the eye, and the ear canal lines up around the cheek bone.
  • be careful not to place the mouth too far down, it's right underneath the Philtrum ( the thing under your nose and above your lip! it can vary a bit in length.)

as for symmetry, no face is perfectly symmetrical, drawing the face from an angle (even the slightest) will make your face drawings a bit more dynamic and you won't have to try to draw everything exactly the same. like I said earlier in the article, when drawing eyes (and eyebrows!) don't draw one and then the other. draw them both at the same time, doing the outlines first for each on and then little by little adding details. that way it makes the eyes look a bit better.

practice

the best tip I have for drawing faces is to just practice!! even if you don't do anything in this article, just draw as much as you can! don't force yourself to draw all the time, because this will probably cause art block and make you forget that you actually like drawing. don't be hard on yourself if you feel like you haven't improved 'enough' over a certain amount of time ( I often do this, and set unrealistic standards for my art and I end up forgetting how far I've come, looking through my old sketchbooks helps remind me that I am actually improving and I'm just being hard on myself.) let yourself draw what you want, and how you want and you will still improve.

videos

here are a few videos that have helped me!!

sinix design's drawing faces video I talked about in my last article

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLflflDShjUKH4EfZyf0vuKEuqeqvlV0Qd

sinix design's anatomy quick tips playlist, not all the videos in here and for faces, but they are still extremely helpful

audra auclair's drawing heads video! audra auclair is my favourite artist and this video is really helpful!!

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thank you so much for reading this article because it's really long!! I'm really sorry I haven't written any articles recently, I fell into a bit of an art block and pretty much convinced my self I didn't like drawing anymore, but I'm good now! I'm probably gonna write another quick article today, which I'll post within a few days. bye! :)