We will be showing you how to draw a face in this drawing lesson.

What does it take to draw a face? We recommend that you familiarize yourself with the anatomy and anatomy of the head muscles. This will allow you to draw a face with more clarity and help you understand the head’s structure.

Next, familiarize yourself with the light-shadow and linear and aerial perspectives. This will teach you how to create captivating objects, face parts, details, and lines on a piece of paper.

Now, let’s move on to the tutorial about how to draw a facial expression.


Step 1

First, draw the outline of the head to draw the face accurately and avoid making mistakes in the proportions. It looks like an egg or oval from the front. These lines will be erased afterward, so don’t press too hard.



Step 2

The central guideline is drawn to ensure that the proportions of your face are correct. A horizontal guideline is needed to draw the eyes proportionally and accurately. These lines intersect in the middle of the face just below the bridge.


Step 3

Let’s now draw the boundaries of each part of the face. Draw the hairline at the top. Draw the hairline slightly lower, approximately halfway between the lines of the eyes, the chin, and the nose. Just below the nose, draw the line for the mouth. The horizontal lines that define the eye borders should be drawn. The distance between the eyes and the eye is roughly equal to their width.


Step 4

Let’s now create the details of our face using very general lines and the guidelines we created in the previous step. Begin by drawing the outline of the eyebrows and eyes above the eyes. Next, draw the outline of the tip and tip of your nose.


Step 5

Next, draw the outline of your ears and hair using the same lines. The eyebrows should be at the top of your ears, while the base of your nose should be at the bottom of your ears.


Step 6

Now that you have the basic outline of the facial parts, it is time to get into the details. Draw the lines for your upper and lower eyelids first. Draw the thickness of your lower eyelid to make your eyes appear larger. Don’t forget to show the outline of the lacrimal caruncles.


Step 7

Draw the lines of the eye sockets, the skin folds that protrude through the skin to make them appear more natural and voluminous. You should carefully draw the pupils and iris. The upper irises are covered slightly by the upper eyelids. The lower reaches barely touch the lower lids. You can view our tutorial on how you draw eyes for a more detailed explanation of the process.


Step 8

Next, draw your eyebrows higher using the guidelines you created in the fourth step. Keep in mind to compare each part of your face. To avoid making mistakes in proportions, compare the left and right eyebrows when drawing them.


Step 9

Draw the outline of the tip, back, and nostrils with straight lines. Remember that the areas closest to you should be darker than those further away. Learn more about drawing a nose in How to Draw a Nose.


Step 10

Continue to draw the lips using the lines you traced in the fourth step. Begin with the upper lip and then draw the outline of the lower lip. This is also a crucial step. Always compare the left and the right sides of your mouth. This is covered in detail in our tutorial How to Draw Lips.


Step 11

We have already sketched the outline of the head in the first stage. Now it is time to give these lines a more realistic and complete look. The jaw is located on three planes. The upper portion of the jaw is located on the sides. These are two lines that are almost vertical. Below, there is a sharp narrowing of approximately 45 degrees. Finally, the jaws are joined in the horizontal plane of your chin.


Step 12

Let’s now draw the ears in detail. Draw the outline of your ears. Next, draw the contours of the cartilage within the ears using smooth and precise lines. This is what we discussed in our tutorial on how you can draw an ear.


Step 13

Let’s now move on to the hair. The upper volume of the head is formed by the hair. Its appearance will be the same as the details on the face. Draw the outline of your hairstyle using smooth and neat lines. Follow the guidelines in the first step.


Step 14

You can add details to make your face appear more real and convincing. Begin by drawing the nasolabial folds, and the slightly visible cheekbones. Next, draw the texture of your eyebrows using short strokes. To draw the texture of your hair, use longer lines and smoother lines.


Step 15

Let’s now add volume to the face drawing. Keep the theory of light/shadow in mind and start shading the darkest areas of the face. Next, add light and mid-tones. To emphasize the volume of the shadows, you should draw them taking into consideration the contours and bulges in the face.


Step 16

Now it is time to review your face drawing by comparing it with the example. You can find any errors by bringing the drawing to the mirror. If you discover any errors, you can go back to the original step and fix them.


If you are happy with the way you have drawn a face, it is time to strengthen your skills. You can repeat the steps multiple times to draw different faces with different features.

Next, draw a face using different lighting. Next, you can draw a face using a different perspective. These actions will allow you to understand the process of drawing faces and help you automate this skill.


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