50 concepts & tutorials to learn to draw a face


There are many very interesting areas when it comes to drawing. We will be able to have drawings of landscapes, science fiction portraits or even caricatures. We are going to focus today on portrait and face drawings. We are going to have several styles of drawing faces and we will see several of them. First we will see in detail the different stages of designing a face. Then we will see some examples and finally we will show several face drawing styles. Whether in color or black and white.

1. Make a sphere to represent the shape of your face

In order to make your task easier, you can represent a sphere. By refining it, you will be able to create different face shapes. This is all the basis for designing a face. By adding lines crossing the face horizontally and vertically to delimit your face. The eyes, nose, mouth and ears will depend on the placement of your straights.

The second step will allow you to add a perspective vision on your head. This is an important notion when you want to add movement to your drawing. Markers at the top and bottom of your sphere will materialize your axis of rotation.

2. Connect the axes of your sphere

An image that may come to your mind when carrying out this step and that of a petanque ball. Once your sphere looks like this picture, you can move on. In order to place the temples of the face, you just need to locate your eyebrow and eye line. The temples will also mark the locations on the side of the face like the ears.

3. Insertion of the jaw in line with the line of the face

Every face must have a jaw. Its insertion is slightly particular but necessary to give life to your drawing. The intersection point found on the temple will now serve as the insertion point for our jaw. But before that, we will draw a segment that starts from the intersection between the line of the eyebrows and the line of the face, which amounts to making a line starting from between the eyes to the chin. This segment is about twice as long as the segment that starts from the center of the eyes and ends at the top of the forehead (at the level of the hairline). We end with a small line that will determine the limit and the width of the chin: you can notice that this line is parallel to the line of the eyebrows.

We now come to tracing the contour of the jaw. You can also mark the base of the nose with a light stroke on the previously drawn line. The base of the nose is therefore parallel with the line of the eyebrows.

4. Eye placement

The line of the eyes is placed below that of the eyebrows. In order to measure the space between the two lines, materialize a circle, which will represent the size of the eye. The space between these two lines is therefore the basis of your future eyes.

5. Setting up the details

After placing all of your lines on the original sphere, you can start drawing your face. This is the most interesting part of this type of drawing. It is you who will give life to your structure by deciding on the shape of the eyes, that of the nose or even the chin. You will thus be able to give perspective to the look thanks to plays of shadows and lights.

When the eyes are traced and drawn, you will be able to erase the guide lines. This will help you get an overview of the drawing unobstructed by the tracing lines. You will now be able to think about the haircut you want to give to your face. If it is a male or female face, the haircuts will not necessarily be similar.

If you want to add movement, the positioning of the hair is very important to take into account. You can also select a different hair length. For example, for a face located in a rather windy environment, it may be interesting to use long hair. The movement in the line of the hair can materialize the wind. The choice of accessories may also change the final rendering of your face.

5. Adding accessories

By accessories, we mean any element that can be added to a face. Glasses, jewelry, caps or hats or even facial hair. All of this can be added as desired when designing a face. You are free to let your creativity flow.

Here are examples of face drawing, all styles combined.

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