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Facial Proportions – How to Draw a Face


Drawing a convincing face can be a challenging task, but with the right approach, anyone can create impressive results. In this article, we will explore two methods to accurately draw facial proportions. Whether you opt for the more complex yet accurate Loomis’ approach or the simplified method, our goal remains the same – to help you create a captivating face drawing.

Loomis’ Approach (More Complex, More Accurate)

If you are up for a challenge, Loomis’ approach is the way to go. However, if you find it a bit difficult, don’t worry! We have a simpler alternative method further down the page that will also produce convincing results.

Step 1 – Start with a Circle and a Cross

Begin by drawing a circle to represent the top portion of the head. Inside the circle, draw two intersecting lines that connect at the center. These lines will serve as a guide for placing the facial features.

How to draw a face - Step 1

Step 2 – Draw a Square within the Circle

Next, sketch a square within the circle, ensuring that each corner touches the circle. This square will eventually define the edges of the face. The top line of the square will become the bottom hairline, the bottom line will represent the nose line, and the center line will serve as the brow line.

How to draw a face - Step 2

Step 3 – Define the Chin

Measure the distance from the center line to the bottom line using your pencil. From the bottom line of the square, mark the location of the chin using this measurement. Draw the edges of the chin from each side of the square, connecting them at the marked point.

How to draw a face - Step 3

Step 4 – Locate the Eyes

With the basic face structure in place, it’s time to locate the eyes. The eyes are generally positioned on a line in the center of the head, known as the brow line. Draw a line slightly below the brow line to mark the “eye line” where the eyes will be placed.

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Step 5 – Draw the Eyes

Now that we know the eye placement, we can proceed with drawing them. To achieve accurate proportions, we must consider the width of the eyes. Typically, the width of the head, from ear to ear, measures approximately five “eyes” in length. Keep this in mind as you sketch the eyes.

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Step 6 – Locate and Draw the Nose

Moving down the face, it’s time to draw the nose. The bottom of the nose aligns with the bottom line of the square drawn in step two. The width of the nose varies from person to person but is generally as wide as the inside corners of the eyes. You may find it helpful to guide yourself by sketching light lines from the inside corners of the eyes to determine the width of the nose.

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Step 7 – Locate and Draw the Mouth

To position the mouth, locate a point slightly higher than halfway between the bottom of the nose and the chin. Draw a line to mark the mouth’s positioning. Additionally, the corners of the mouth typically align with the inside edges of the pupils. You can draw light lines from the pupils to the “mouth line” to help determine the width of the mouth.

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Step 8 – Draw the Ears

The features of the face can guide us in placing the ears correctly. The top of the ears generally align with the brow line, while the bottom of the ears align with the nose line. Remember that the ears extend outward from the head, near the eye line. Take this into consideration as you draw the ears.

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Step 9 – Draw the Hairline

Even if the hairline is not visible due to long hair, it’s important to know its location. The hairline is situated on the top edge of the square drawn in step two. Hairlines vary greatly from person to person, so feel free to explore different patterns. In this example, we’ll draw a widow’s peak hairline.

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Step 10 – Draw the Hair

Now that we have the hairline established, we can proceed with drawing the hair. Shorter hair extends slightly off the top of the head, while longer or bushier hair may extend further. Remember, the hair should appear as if it’s coming out of the head and not directly on it.

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Step 11 – Add the Neck

To complete our floating head, we need to add a neck. Avoid making the neck too narrow, a common mistake made by beginners. The neck extends downward from the bottom of the ears, with female necks generally being slightly more slender than male necks. To draw the neck, simply extend two lines down from the bottom of the ears.

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By following these steps, you can confidently draw a face with accurate proportions. Remember to practice and experiment with different styles to develop your unique approach. So grab your pencil, unleash your creativity, and delve into the art of drawing captivating faces!

Alexia Young

Hello and welcome to the world of Alexia. I am a passionate and dedicated artist who loves to create beautiful, mesmerizing art for everyone's walls. I believe in the importance of encouraging people to express their creativity and be happy.

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