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Simple Face Proportions
Learn to draw a very simple line drawing of a face. Where are the eyes in relation to the ears?; how much space is there between the eyes?; where do you start the nose? and more. A basic lesson for those first learning to draw face proportions.

Taken from 'Let's Make Some Great Art' published by Laurence King Publishing.

Posted by Marion D. Published See Marion D.'s 7 projects » © 2020 Marion Deuchars / Laurence King · Reproduced with permission.
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  • How to create a portrait. How To Draw A Simple Face. - Step 1
    Step 1

    On your paper, draw 4 lines equally spaced with your pencil.

  • How to create a portrait. How To Draw A Simple Face. - Step 2
    Step 2

    Now draw a line down the centre of those lines.

  • How to create a portrait. How To Draw A Simple Face. - Step 3
    Step 3

    Draw an oval shape circle in the centre of the line like this.

  • How to create a portrait. How To Draw A Simple Face. - Step 4
    Step 4

    Draw your eyebrows on the second horizontal line. Now think of the bottom 3 lines as A, B and C.

  • How to create a portrait. How To Draw A Simple Face. - Step 5
    Step 5

    Draw the eyes, just below line A. They are oval shaped. Note that they are almost in the centre of the head. (A common mistake is to draw the eyes much higher up).
    Now draw the ears. They start at the same level as the eyes and end on line B.
    Draw the bottom of the nose on line B.
    Draw the vertical groove between the nose and the top lip.
    It's called the Philtrum! and also draw the top lip.

  • How to create a portrait. How To Draw A Simple Face. - Step 6
    Step 6

    Did you notice the space between the eyes is roughly the same size as an eye?. From the corner of each eye, follow the line down and draw the curves of the nostrils.

  • How to create a portrait. How To Draw A Simple Face. - Step 7
    Step 7

    Now draw the eyelids, just follow the oval shape line of the eye. Add the pupil of the eye. Complete the mouth. To draw your neck, start from behind the ear.
    You can add hair now too.
    You have completed a very basic face with proportions in the right place. Obviously all faces are different and vary, but this is a good starting point for those first learning to draw a basic face. The best lesson to follow this is to copy your own face in front of a mirror .

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