Drawing Human Face Profiles and The Analyzing Subjects Personality Traits
Physiognomists usually recognize five distinct types of profile: the convex, concave, perpendicular, convex-concave, and concave-convex. With each of these profile shapes there are different personality traits that these type of people usually have.
In sketching a profile this knowledge will help you in building up your sketch, and aid you in remembering the contour of the profile by classing your subject at a glance in one of these five groups.
We will not go into the meaning of these various profiles, beyond giving you a very brief note on each.
#1 … The convex face usually denotes quickness of action, although the subject is not always as persevering in his efforts as he might be, and is apt to make up his mind and determine a line of action quickly.
#2 …. The concave face goes with a person who is slower in action, and a slower, deeper thinker, than is true in the convex face. The subject is usually firm in resolution and is persevering.
#3 … The perpendicular face is the middle
road between the first two types. Perhaps
it is the most desirable of the three. It indicates an evenness of temperament, a
balance maintained under all conditions.
#4 … In the convex-concave profile (the forehead convex, the chin concave), the subject is quick in thought and action, and is determined to see things through to the end.
#5 … In the concave-convex type, the subject is usually a deeper thinker, though slower in mental action. The chin, being convex, is what is commonly known as “weak,” the subject generally being unstable, and lacking in resourcefulness.
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