How to, sketching a face

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mattjanacone wrote
on 23 Jan 2014 4:57 PM

I would say that the eyes are the most important part of sketching a face and that the sketch should begin with the eyes. From there, once I have at least an outline of the eyes, using the eyes as a reference point, I sketch the nose, then the lips using the eyes and the nose as a reference point.

After the eyes, nose and lips are sketched, I proceed with the perimeter of the face then the hair. The hair is tricky, especially long hair. Drawing long hair takes long quick strokes with no hesitations.

Once I have the basic outline of the face and all its features, I begin sketching in the details, adding shades with the pencil. Learn to work with the tip of the pencil, using flat sides as well as sharp edges.

When sketching a face, begin with the eyes, then nose, then lips, then work your sketch around them. It usually takes me around 1 1/2 hours to complete the sketch of a face on a 9X12 sheet of drawing paper.

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