Step-by-step: De­pict faces cor­rectly

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Here are the main planes of the face. No­tice the empty space be­tween eyes and ears, and how small the face is. For the sur­round­ing planes I use shadow lines – the area where light turns into shadow. Even un­der dif­fer­ent light­ing some shad­ows share the same lines. Some eth­nic­i­ties have their own shadow lan­guage. Col­lect and use them. What I won’t teach here is how to draw eyes, nose and mouth. Rather, I add the idea of us­ing mimic and ges­ture lines to lo­cate the face. The base for my lines here are wrin­kles, folds, mimic folds and high­lights. Don’t skip the study­ing of pro­por­tions here – take a ruler and a book and start mak­ing up your own rules!


Here I ink the con­struc­tion lines and add shad­ows and vol­ume. Since I em­ploy shad­ows and mimic lines as con­struc­tion for my face, I can now use them to find the fit­ting ren­der­ing for the face. It makes life so much eas­ier. If you study the face by yourself you’ll know how to use these lines. Don’t worry, you will get there!


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