Step-by-step: Depict faces correctly
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!