how to sketch a face

How to Sketch a Face

Step 1.

Once again draw those famous guidelines that will help you with mass and facial features. The vertical line helps you with the eyes. The horizontal helps you with centering the face. Sketch them lightly so you can erase easier later.

Step 2.

This time draw in the eyes and lower part of the nose. Now you don't have to do all three faces. If doing three is overwhelming, focus on one face and do it step by step.

Step 3.

Draw in the frame of the face and jaw. The head shape is very important giving correct mass for the next step of drawing the hair. Don't forget the neck. Get the eyebrows, feather them in and draw the upper mouth. You'll find sketching in the hairline adds more likeness to the people. The circular line around the young girl's head represents the beginning of her cornrows.

Step 4.

You've got the jawlines, head shape, most of the face and neck. Now is the time to tweak and tweak some more. Let us add those glorious ethnic hairstyles that makes our melting pot of races so beautifully unique. We have the gorgeous long hair of our handsome Souix Indian. I have always been mesmerized by the beauty of the Geisha girl. And who wouldn't be charmed by our sweet girl with cornrows. Don't worry, in the next step I'll give a quick how to do braids and cornrows to add texture to your great drawing.

Step 5.

Here is a quick tip on different types of hair. In the picture follow the arrows. They represent the direction of the strokes. You can practice this now or later. Straight, a curl, cornrows, or a single braid is just a few ways different ethnic groups have styled their hair.

Step 6.

Oh for the beauty of it all. Look at the face(s) you created! You've erased all those guidelines and turned out a creative piece of work. Be proud my friend and keep deepening the shadows. Use your rubber kneaded eraser to add those gorgeous highlights. Keep it up, you're just about done.

Step 7.

Here is the product of all your hard work. You have added shine to the hair. Even the details of the headdress pieces and the Japanese lettering is drawn. You are GOOD! Keep that picture and use it for reference. Also have you guessed which two races I represent? Let me know and I'll tell you which ones I'm related to. Thanks for checking out my tutorial!

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Uploaded: December 11, 2010
Artist: Catlucker
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 7
Updated: December 11, 2010
P.O.V: Front
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Artist comments

Why not do a tutorial on a few races faces -- Indian man (Sioux), Japanese girl (Geisha), and an African American girl with cornrows. I really enjoyed drawing these three faces freehand because two of the races represent my heritage. When you finish the tutorial, can you to comment and guess which two races I represent? I will answer back. So, without further ado, have fun learning "how to sketch a face", step by step! Get your graphite pencils ready because you're going for a ride!