Start with a circle.
To keep the face as symmetrical draw a straight vertical line down the circle and a slightly bent horizontal line.
Draw in bent rectangles for the eyes on the horizontal line.
A line for the nose where the circle meets the vertical line.
A line for the mouth.
And draw in a jaw, don't draw the chin coming to a point keep it 'square'
Thicken up the lines around the eyes, keep it more square around the outside a more rounded in the eye.
Draw a line starting from where an eyebrow should be draw down and curve at the line drawn as a guide for the nose.
Add nostrils. Male noses tend to be wider than females.
Add circles for the outline of the iris and add pupils.
(Optional) Draw small lines above the nose to mimic an edge.
Draw in a mouth, I tend to draw males with crooked smiles.
Add a curve for a bottom lip.
Draw in thick eyebrows and eyelids.
Define the line for the jaw and draw in a neck and shoulders with a small flick for the join in the collar bones. For males I draw the shoulders out further than the head.
Remove the guide lines and fill in the flat colours.
I usually keep skin tonnes pale or muted colours.
Shading and Highlighting.
Shade down one side of the face and on the eyelids.
Draw a small flattened diamond shadow under the nose.
Fill in the bottom lip.
And shade the neck and shoulders.
Add a triangular highlight to the top of the nose.
And you're done!
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