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Uploaded: April 14, 2010
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 9
Updated: April 14, 2010
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Since I have a new 'portrait' sub-category, I thought it would be helpful to sketch out and submit a tutorial on “how to draw a face", step by step. The human face can be a little tricky when you start your sketch. There are some key factors to keep in mind when drawing faces. The first thing, is to always remember that everyone's face is different, which means the structure of the face can be drawn in several various shapes; oval, round, heart, pear, square, and long face shapes. I know what your thinking, “how do I know what type of face I have?”. I will try and describe the shapes of each face to the best of my knowledge. A heart shaped face is not common. It sort of borders at the forehead, and then the rest of the face looks like it narrows out into a small tapered chin. A pear shaped face looks to be wider with the jaw and cheeks, but then gets skinny or narrow around the forehead. Let's see...a square face is commonly seen on people, especially men. These types of faces are equally shaped at the forehead, cheeks, and jaw line. Round faces are just simply round looking like Miss Piggy. A long face looks very much like an oval face, but the only difference is, a long face has higher cheek bones, and a high or big forehead. Did you know that an oval face is considered to be the perfect shape? It's true, oval faces are what you call very symmetrical. If you think someone has a perfect face, and their eyes, noses and mouths seem perfect sized, have perfect alignment, or are perfect looking in general, chances are that person has an oval face. I hope the information I have talked about with you helped you understand the different structures of the human face. Once you get the shape of the face perfectly drawn, all the other stuff can be aligned easily. This tutorial not only shows you "how to draw a face", you will also get a few extra steps that talk about noses, eyes, and mouths. I had a fun time with you all as we talked about the face. It's now time to try your talent out, and see what type a face you will draw up. Have fun with your art people, and remember that the best mind, is a creative one!

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Step 8. How to Draw a Face