Step-by-step: De­velop dis­tinct fa­cial types

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When draw­ing a young, healthy char­ac­ter, knowl­edge of the ba­sics of pro­por­tion are es­sen­tial. I hint a lit­tle at the un­der­ly­ing mus­cle and bone struc­ture, but pri­mar­ily aim to achieve bal­ance and sub­tlety. Too much of any one spe­cific char­ac­ter­is­tic can be jar­ring for the viewer.

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A fuller face can be a chal­lenge be­cause the bone struc­ture and mus­cu­la­ture are ob­scured by fatty masses, so anatom­i­cal di­a­grams may fall short. I use a fair bit of photo ref­er­ence here to study how the fat around the jaw and cheeks al­ter the ba­sic forms of the face.

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For a wiz­ened or gaunt face I ex­ag­ger­ate the bone and mus­cle struc­tures, making use of anatomy di­a­grams as ref­er­ence ma­te­rial. If I want to age the fig­ure, looser skin around the jaw and neck and bags un­der the eyes help to lend au­then­tic­ity to more ob­vi­ous wrin­kles.

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