Drawing People's Faces

How to Draw the Human Head Step by Step Drawing Tutorial

Today we will show you techniques for drawing the human head in profile (from the side). The specific tutorial shows a female head, but this words for males as well. The following step by step drawing tutorial should help you on your way to becoming a great portrait artist. Everyone has to start somewhere.

How to Draw the Human Head Step by Step Drawing Tutorial

Step 1

Draw a slightly curved line, placing line for nose half way. This is the best way to start.

Step 2

Now the eyebrow and the chin line. The mouth is one-third from nose to chin.

Step 3

If head is tipped, start line from eyebrow and nose. This will give you the placement of ear.

Step 4

The distance from eyebrow to chin will give you back of ear, and it fits in an oblong box.

Step 5

The head is beginning to shape up so now form up nose, mouth and chin, as well as ear. 

Step 6

Erase your guide lines and soften your outlines so it will be easy to draw over them. 

Step 7

You will, and should, make many changes to get the right expression on face, shape of nose and mouth, etc.

Step 8

It does not make any difference what the size of the head is, the method is the same. Try drawing all sizes.

Your outline is ready for color or shading. It is most important that this be right.

The PROFILE of head is the best way to start. If you are right-handed you will generally pick the left profile and if left-handed you will naturally choose the right
profile. Why? That is a good question, but see that you do not do all rights or lefts but be able to do either equally well. The same with the front and three-quarter views of the head. Your life does not depend upon a masterpiece so just have fun and enjoy doing each pose.

Step 1

First draw a curved line (, then decide on length of the nose that you want.

Step 2

Extend lines back, measuring two nose-lengths from eyebrow, giving tip of ear – draw line parallel, to nose-line

Step 3

Draw vertical line touching ear-line, as shown above. This gives you the center of the head.

Step 4

Distance between vertical line and the ear-line will give you the center of the head and eye-line. The ear width is two-thirds its length.

Step 5

Two nose lengths from center of the head will give you the chin and the top of the head. The head being four nose lengths high.

Step 6

From nose-line to center of head will give you the back of the head. Back of the collar is on a line with the mouth. The mouth is one-third the distance between the nose and the chin.

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