The Ultimate Guide to Drawing Faces:

In my opinion, drawing the face of a character is one of the hardest things to do correctly – mostly because the proportions are rather specific. There are a couple of basic guidelines that are always good to follow or at least keep in mind, and once you practice this process becomes easy! Today I’ll be giving you a few helpful hints and tricks to draw those dazzling faces correctly.

After you’ve drawn the basic shape of the face, something I highly recommend is lightly drawing in some guidelines along the face. These will help you figure out where to place features such as the eyes, nose, and mouth. This picture (http://pre09.deviantart.net/4885/th/pre/i/2012/360/5/6/tutorial_how_to_draw_a_face_by_mauroillustrator-d5p8u1d.jpg) explains the guidelines rather well using diagrams and drawings. Two things to also keep in mind are that the eyes should be around the halfway point on the face, and the ears should be just a tad lower than that.

Now that we have the foundation of the face drawn, it’s time to add some life to our drawing! One simple way we can do this is by using different facial expressions. Although drawing different expressions can look intimidating (pun intended) it’s actually pretty simple! This picture (https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/13/65/5b/13655b2f696f0507993a685c73d92b17.jpg) is one that I found on the internet a while ago, and it’s helped me out a lot when I’m trying to find the right facial expression for my characters. As you can see in the picture, if you start with a neutral expression you can transform it into almost any emotion with one simple change. Eyebrows play a big part in facial expressions, along with different mouths. After you’re able to convey an emotion (such as sadness, happiness, worry, etc.), you can even take them a step further to deepen the emotions! The picture illustrates this well, and you can see that with a small change you can turn facial expressions of happiness to overjoyed, sadness into depressed, and so on.

All in all, I hope this article gave you some insight and useful information on how to draw faces, along with the emotions they encompass. Remember to keep practicing and don’t give up!

Sources:

http://mauroillustrator.deviantart.com/art/Tutorial-HOW-TO-DRAW-A-FACE-344733457

https://www.facebook.com/CharacterDesignReferences

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