Portrait And Figure Drawing References

After learning about the skull, the second most important thing to remember is how spherical the shape of the face is. The face is not a flat plane that moves in space. It is necessary to keep in mind that all features are placed on the round surface of the head. This one can be tricky because the shape of the head is often obscured by hair.

Two circles form the basis of the headThe first stage in learning how to draw a face is drawing two overlapping circles. From there, put a centre line down the two circles. You will found baby, mature, male, and female face expression references in this book.

Most of the portraits have an editorial feel, which you might find useful if you are planning to add color and texture to your drawings. The face is the feature which best distinguishes a person. The pattern of specific organs, such as the eyes, or of parts of them, is used in biometric identification to uniquely identify individuals. The muscles of the face are important when engaging in facial expressions. Facial appearance is vital for human recognition and communication.

A common mistake at this point is to make the jaw too long in comparison to the ball. Make sure to measure your thirds correctly and that they relate correctly to the ball. Notice how the shape of the jaw changes from various angles.

Most of us have a collection of hundreds of 4 x 6 photos in our family albums. Most of these probably have the entire figure in them, making the head only about 1/2 inch in size. Simply blowing it up will usually result in a large, bad photo. I recommend using a digital camera to take your own photos so that you can paint from your monitor. Make it full screen and you’ve got a really big photo. Read more about why I paint from the monitor .