1. Start with the basics – sketch an outline of the face first. Nothing fancy, just a basic shape – an oval or circle to identify where the eyes, nose and mouth will be placed.
2. Shade in the features – use bold strokes to indicate where the eyes, nose and mouth will be placed. Outline them once they’re placed too, to give your artwork a sense of solidity and definition.
3. Give life to the eyes and lips – small details are what make a face look truly alive! To bring your subject’s eyes to life, draw in eyelids and a white reflection for the pupils, or even a few carefully placed eyelashes. For the lips, a slight curl or curve at the corners can make all the difference.
4. Give depth to the face – adding a subtle shadow underneath the eyes, around the hairline, and along the jawline can give your artwork an extra realistic touch.
5. Make the portrait pop – add color! Accentuate the eyes, add blush to the cheeks, and even throw in a bit of glitter or sparkle to make your artwork stand out.
Now that you’ve mastered the basics of how to draw a person’s face, why not take some time to explore further possibilities? Here are a few more tips and tricks to help you out:
1. Know the face proportions – the basic proportions of a person’s face are generally considered to be 1:1.618, or the Golden Ratio. Understanding this ratio can help you draw a realistic portrait with balanced proportions.
2. Consider different angles – don’t be afraid to experiment. Try drawing a head turned to the side or from a different angle for a unique look.
3. Experiment with a limited palette – playing with fewer colors can help you focus on the details and give your artwork a more unified feel. Stick to one or two primary colors and add touches of a few complementary shades to accentuate your subject’s features.
4. Think outside the box – you don’t have to stick with realism if you don’t want to. Have some fun and add in some fantasy elements – a third eye or horns – to make your portrait stand out even more.
5. Have faith – drawing a person’s face doesn’t happen overnight. It takes practice and patience to get the angles, proportions and features just right. But don’t be afraid to make mistakes – these “mistakes” can sometimes be a source of unexpected creativity!
Now that you’ve got the basics down, it’s time to let your imagination run wild and experiment with different techniques. Try different styles, color palettes and textures until you find what works for you. You may be surprised at the results!