Drawing Faces

Capturing a person’s appearance in a drawing is a three-fold task. On one hand, an artist needs to understand the anatomy of the head and how it is positioned on the neck and in relation to the rest of the body. You must also be able to effectively render the features of the face, knowing how to draw eyes, nose, lips, and hair so that all these parts integrate into the whole. But artists also need to realize that drawing faces isn’t an exercise in minutiae. It is more a matter of accurately rendering a handful of facial planes, shapes, and proportions that distinguish each one of us.

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