How To Draw A Human Face
Watch as professional children's illustrator, Lyn Stone, teaches simple tricks and techniques that allow you to easily draw a detailed and realistic human face.
I am going to show you how to draw the human face, and there are some guidelines that you can use which are quite universal, you will need a pencil, you may like to use a ruler and of course, a rubber. First of all, you need to draw an oval, doesn't need to be perfect, and an indication of the neck - looks very crude at the moment but that is how it starts. With a ruler, you want to draw a line down the middle, keep it very light, and then you need to draw where the eyes are and funny enough, it is pretty much in the centre, you wouldn't think so but it is, then above that a guideline for the brows and then roughly just under half way for the bottom of the nose about here. And just going to shape that a little bit at the sides there, I'm not quite equal there and then just do a very rough outline for ears which you will refine later. Then, you need to shape around the chin and jawline, about there, then bring it in to about there, same on the other side. I mean, no face is symmetrical, anyway, so this does not have to be absolutely perfect. In a way, it is better if it is not perfect. Next, we need to mark out the nose and I am just going to guess the width because everybody's nose is different and I am just going to draw up and the reason I am going to do that is because the edge of the nose roughly lines up with the inside edge of the eye on most people, so then if we mark the outside edge of the eyes and then we need to make a mark for the mouth and that again is halfway, there are lots of halves and halves here for you to remember. Okay, so next, we are going to make a mark for the top of the mouth. I'm going to do it about there and I am just going to do it by hand just here, and start drawing in the nose and I might start indicating shape for the top of the nose nothing more than that for the moment, and then for the eyes, and then the mouth. And next, we need to do something with these ears because they are very strange-looking objects at the moment, so we need to make them look more shapely. Now, if you have got someone who can sit for you, it would be quite helpful because you can sort of copy the shape of their ears. I am obviously doing this from memory - the other side, and then we can put some eyebrows in, okay, so then the pupils. Again, eyes vary in size. I've done quite large eyes but eyes vary in size as well. Next, this is going to be a man so you want to keep the lids thin. If you are drawing a woman, you always make the lids larger. I'm not quite sure now why that is the case but it just looks more feminine with wider lids. Okay, we need to shape around the mouth a little bit more and shape the end of the nose, and the best way to do that is to create a circle like this and then just lightly shade underneath and that immediately gives the nose a bit of a peak to it and again, you can shade down the sides here. And maybe we can do a little bit more with the chin and again, I do a sort of circular shape, and shade around and immediately, the chin starts to become more prominent. Okay, now, we need to really refine our drawing a little bit more. I've noticed that the neck on mine is a little bit thin for a man's. I am going to make it a little bit wider so that is what a rubber is for, you can adjust things as you go along. Okay, I am going to add some shading around the nose. Obviously, I am doing this very, very quickly. You will have more time than me. The top lip has a sort of dip in it, most people's top lips, and now, a little trick for giving shape to lips is to actually shade but slightly inside like this. It's a little trick that even the old masters used to use in order to give the illusion of three dimensions. I'm going to shade a bit more around the chin. Now, at the moment, he doesn't appear to have any cheek bones, so I am actually going to shade a little bit here to indicate cheekbones. And then we are going to draw some hair in what I suggest you do is keep the lines very light at first, until you think you've got it the way you want it and I am actually correcting as I go along here myself. And obviously, when you have finished, you can rub out your guidelines, and one last thing, a bit of shading to the neck. There we have the human face.