Drawing a face - step by step

Jaysen Batchelor
A free video tutorial from Jaysen Batchelor
Illustrator & Designer
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Lecture description

In this lecture we are going to test out your drawing skills. Its good to start a drawing course with a test project which you can redraw at the end of the course and compare. We will be drawing a human face outline in this lecture.

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The Ultimate Face & Head Drawing Course - for beginners

Drawing the human face made simple!

08:50:58 of on-demand video • Updated March 2020

  • Draw human faces out of your head
  • Draw realistic light and shadow
  • Understand the fundamentals of drawing the human head
  • Draw the human skull
  • Draw expressions
English [Auto] Welcome to section 2 of the course in this section of the course. We're going to be learning how to draw a human face. Now we're just going to jump right in and start doing something that's pretty advanced a pretty detailed face and even if you can't do this that's OK. Or if it doesn't look that good in the end that's all right. The purpose of this is to kind of gauge where you're drawing skills are especially when it comes to drawing human faces. Another purpose for drawing the human face is that what I'm gonna have to do is at the end of the course you're going to come back and re watch this lecture. And after learning all the things and skills that I teach throughout this course you're going to try to draw this face again and then I want you to compare the two. Your first one and your last drawing of the same face and see how much progress you've made. It's a really good way to actually mark your progress and see that you're actually making improvements in your drawing skills. So let's go ahead and let's get started. So the first thing I want to do is I'm just going to start by sort of roughing some stuff out. So I want to figure out where I want the eyes the nose and the mouth to be. So like I said this is just gonna be a face I'm going to leave out the jaw line the ears all of that type of stuff we're just gonna do the face portion of the head. So usually what I'll do is I'll start by just kind of sketching sort of the shape of some eyes. It's very lightly and I want to start off with a big pencil because it's a little bit lighter and it's easier to erase and once I get that first under drawing down then we can go back with darker pencils and add in more detail so just kind of rough it where I want the eyes to be. And also the eyebrows. Now these can change and move. It's just because I want to start getting sort of a relationship for all these different shapes to work off. If I just start drawing and I'm then drawing off of that it's a little bit more difficult than if I kind of block out some shapes and stuff before I start adding in all my detail and form and stuff like that so next time to go ahead and do the nose. So for the nose I just kind of do sort of a circle like that. The lips will be somewhere down here something like that. Now this nose the bridge of the nose right here that actually might be too long I'm going to make this a female. And so we actually might want to bring that up just a tiny bit and go ahead and release that a system here and move the lips up so now that we have kind of a general idea where all of this is where all the different parts of the face are going to be what we want to do now is you want to kind of check the proportions. So starting with the eyes if this is where eyes are going to be we want to make sure that there's about an ice distance between each eye so that eye is that size and that eye is about that size so they're about the same size and what we want to make sure is that there is about the same distance between the two eyes which it looks like there is. So that looks good. If your eyes are too far apart if this space here is wider than the width of your eye you want to bring them together and vice versa. They're too close together. Then let's go ahead and kind of build our brow. So just coming kind of up like this and sort of an oval shape kind of get an idea of where I want my brows to be at the top of this oval shape that next. Let's go ahead and figure out how big we want our nose to be so if we just come straight down right here from where the tier Duck is that our nose shouldn't be any bigger than that right there. Especially for a female the female nose is a little bit smaller than the male nose in general then we'll go ahead and do lips. So the lips are just gonna be a little bit wider than nose that and now we can go ahead and really start detailing this and now that we have the basic gist of where everything is and have the proportions kind of correct. So let's start with the eyebrows. So for the eyebrows we can start drawing those shapes in and again don't be too frustrated if you can't draw exactly like I can't at this point you haven't learned the skills that you need to learn yet in order to draw like this. So just try your very best to follow along. Now it's really important when you're drawing the human face that you really take your time and look at it squint your eyes Turn the paper if you need to turn it upside down whatever you need to do but what you really want to try to get is that symmetry in there. So you want both sides if I were to draw a line down the middle of the face you want both sides to look kind of the same. So eyebrows can be a little bit different on both sides but you don't want it to be drastically different or you don't want one eyebrow to be really short and the other one to be really long next. Let's go ahead and let's start sketching in our eyes. So I'm going to go ahead and start sketching in the shape of my eye. Now if you're taking my ultimate drawing course then you've definitely drawn an eye before. It's one of the first projects we do in the entire course. And we're just basically going to do the same thing. So we're not necessarily drawing football like shapes we really want to focus on the two lines in the eye which is the top part of the eyelid so like this. So it kind of starts like a curved line like that and then it kind of comes straight across like that a diagonal angle. And in general that's how a lot of eyes are shaped. Next we're going to go to the bottom part the bottom part tends to be a little bit more flat like that. We can go ahead and add in some eyelids so something like this. We want it to kind of touch the corner point right there in the two corners of the eyes and then it can kind of stretch out and get a little bit wider across the top of the eye do the same over here let's go ahead move on to the nose. So for the nose. Want to go ahead start with the outside of the nostrils then go ahead and start to draw the nostril holes for the nostril holes I'm just going to basically draw two sort of curved little lines like this and then we'll come back and really shake those and finish it out go ahead and kind of sketch in some very light lines here just to indicate kind of the shape of the nose. So as you can see it kind of goes in and comes back out and then back in and then back out that also going to go ahead and draw in the colored part of my eye. So some are right about here now. As you can see the top and the bottom of the colored part of the eye are covered by the eyelids but you'll notice that the bottom part is exposed a little bit more than the top the top has the top eyelid kind of covering it a little bit more and the bottom it's just barely covering the very bottom of the circle the amount of white of the eyes you show and what what direction and what parts of the color part of the eye you see it really determines the expression on somebody's face. So we'll get into that later in the course but just take note that that's pretty important you want to try to copy what I'm doing right here I can also go ahead and draw in a few more lines in here just kind of indicating a little bit more of the form. So when we come back in shade we have that information there and it might make a little bit more sense to us. Go ahead and extend these eyebrows out just a little bit further and I'll actually even extend them out further like this as well. Now there's not an exact formula to how long or how big things need to be. People look completely different. And so it's really up to you to look at reference and figure out what you want your drawings of humans to look like. But in most cases they're pretty similar. They're just gonna be small differences such as the length of eyebrows or the length of a nose or the size of a nose stuff like that. And this is what we call proportions. We'll get into that much later. Go ahead and mark out where I want the reflection in my eye to be. So just a little square like that. Maybe I'll do a second one up here do the same thing on the other eye so we're just putting the reflection right there in the center of the eye and up there in the top. Next let's go ahead and draw in the lips. So for the lips I'm just gonna go ahead and draw sort of a curve down shape like that. Let it kind of curve in the opposite direction like this and then swoop back down like that you'll notice that the lips are just slightly wider than the nose. You'd probably say that it's about two times wider than that nose right there. Go ahead and draw the bottom part of my top lip. So first begin to swoop a line up like that and swoop another one up like this. And then we kind of get this turtle looking mouth. I don't know why. This just reminds me of a turtle. A little bit because it can't have that pointy upper lip looking thing and you kind of get the same thing on humans. It's not as prominent but looks something kind of like that. Next let's go ahead and draw the bottom part of the lip. So I'm just gonna go ahead and bring this down like that and just sort of draw a shape like that and add these little creases right here on the edge of the mouth and we're going to expose a little bit of this female's teeth. So it's gonna bring this shape down like this and we're not going to fill in any teeth shape in general. You want to keep the teeth pretty white on people. If you draw the lines in between the teeth it starts to get really weird looking so in general we just want to lead that kind of white. We'll come back and shaded and do stuff to it. But you'll see later in the course when we start talking about how to draw mouths and teeth how important it is how you shade the teeth how you add a form to them and how you add the little spaces in between the teeth. So I'm just gonna go back and touch some of this up make sure it's kind of looking how I want it to I think this I could actually be a little bit larger something to bring it out like that and then I can go ahead and erase some of these lines that we don't need. So such as the lines that are showing the proportions and stuff like that we can go ahead and erase those. All right. Perfect. So that brings us to the end of this lecture. So in this lecture we went ahead and we did the line drawn for our face and the next one we're gonna go ahead and take this a little bit further and we're going to add some values some shading and all of that good stuff and really make this drawing look very realistic. Thanks for watching and I'll see you in the next lecture.