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How to draw face

How to draw face.  Learn drawing girl face (or I should say a woman or female facial figure, portrait in correct term.), Learn to draw Face, How to lesson step by step realistic face online lesson.

I feel like I did not try hard enough of the first face tutorial that I made so I make another one. I think it is a bit more effort since the first one I just make it really quick and easy.
BELOW is a step by step Still Images instruction on how to draw face.
This is not by any mean the ONLY way to draw face. This tutorial I present just show you how I personally and usually do it step by step.  There is also a video instruction at the bottom of the post.
Here is the final drawing of a girl's face.
how to draw female portrait lesson, drawing tutorial
I am back with another tutorial this time I use graphite or pencil (3b to 5b are the range of blackness I personally like) . I am going to go very basic on this one from start to finish including a bit of pencil rendering.

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1) I usually start with an egg shape drawing, very old school and traditional and it quick for me. On this one I am going to angle it a bit so the face will be 3/4 instead of the frontal shot. Always attach the neck and a bit of shoulder with the head when doing face, it gives you more of an illusion of this is part of a person. When you see an illusion of this is a part of a person, you will do a better job filling the rest in, instead of just an outline of egg shape or oval.

How to draw face step 1
2) Imagine a flat plane on front surface of an egg, think in three dimension, then draw two vertical lines along the edge of your imaginary plane. After that, draw a vertical line to split the flat plane in half from top to bottom. Then draw a horizontal line to divide the top and bottom distance in half. This horizontal line would be where humans eyes should be, they are usually right in the middle of the face horizontally. But most of the time we don't really see that because our hair deceives us.

3) This step, I add two more horizontal line on top and bottom of the existing one. These line will help me indicate how tall should the eyes be in comparison to the rest of the face.
Another mark for the bottom of her nose, it is half way in between the first horizontal line and the bottom of her chin. And again in between the nose mark and the bottom of the chin half way should be where her mouth is.

4) Now, I draw the eyes, it should no be taller than the distance of the top and bottom horizontal lines that I added on to the first horizontal. I draw the corner of both eyes in relation to the first eye's indication line. Also the distance between the two eyes should equal one eye. So when you draw, imagine there is an invisible eye in between them. Then I begin to draw the nose, notice that I did not draw the whole nose. Why? Because in reality when you see the whole nose you tempt to draw the whole nose as you see. But if you paint a lot or draw a lot from life (especially in painting). You will notice, from squinting to find value in painting or rendering, that the value of the physical nose compare to the rest of the face is not at its darkest value to be able to put them in line drawing. If you were to draw a simple face which using black or darkest value to define the line drawing. The only part of the nose that should appear in line drawing should only be the bottom of the nose. Go watch How to draw nose for more detail. Because that's where it casts the shadow as strong as a person eyes' line, eyelashes, and lips. (Make sense?) Then I finish this one off with the upper lips.
I also make the mark on the right side of the head where the top part of her ear should be (same level as eyes). Then another for ear lobe, it should be a bit above the nose mark.

How to draw face step 2
5) Clean up the construction lines.

6) Now I add in eyebrows, the head of the eyebrow be about the same distance as the eye's corner horizontally, but the tail can be longer. Then I add a line to suggest her lower lip. 

7) Now I draw some hair indication around the top of her skull. Some of it should cover top half of the skull or a bit less if she should pull her hair back. Then I put in an ear.

8) After all the frame work is done, now I can start to go in and tighten up some of the facial feature, I usually like to begin with her eyes.
How to draw face step 3

9) Then I work my way down to her nose, lip and such, but nothing too dark, just light rendering to get all the indication of feature detail down first.

10) Now, I am just indicating where would I place my shadow areas if the light coming from in front of the face. At this stage, I render very lightly just so that I know where to place darkest dark on the final rendering.

11) Then I fill in her hair and render a little bit.

12) Since I think the overall face looks ok, now I am going to finalize the drawing. The usual areas where shadow hits the darkest dark are eye sockets, under the nose, under the upper lip, and above the chin (underneath the lower lip).  Go see How to draw lips for more detail on mouth.  The mid tone shadow are usually appeared on the side of her face and under her cheekbone (see as illustrate below).

How to draw face step 4

13) Now I start to finalize the drawing from area to area, begin with her left eye. Go watch How to draw eyes for more detail on eyes drawing and shading.  Then from here I use the existing value of this particular area to compare to the rest of the final rendering.

14) Then I go for the other eye, and compare value (always compare value for the rest of the drawing).

15) After I get both eyes, then I begin to work on the rest of the face start with the darkest value like around the nose, lips, and chin.

16) Now I have the whole face render, and I have to do the same for hair. For more detail go watch How to draw hair.  (Darker hair has stronger contrast and hight light, and lighter hair usually have less contrast.)

How to draw face
17) Now the whole face is done, all I have left to do is to finish up the background to make it a little more appealing. So I scribble in the background to make the white on her face pop out even more.  You can also check out the Premium +2 hours video tutorial on How to draw portrait.

18) Finish

Here is a video instruction tutorial, how to draw face three quarter view:

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Here is a final image drawing face
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- How to draw hair.
- How to draw eyes.
- How to draw nose.
- How to draw lips.
- How to draw human's head.
- How to draw man's body muscle torso.
- How to draw realistic portrait front view.

Hope that helps.
Good luck and have fun with the tutorial. 


Luca Cauchi said…
Hey bro, I noticed the changes one the top bar. Nice videos, though the old vid from Revver isn't working... maybe you can post it on youtube?

for the rest, it's all goooood! thanks for helping and inspiring.
idrawgirls said…
Luca> Yeah bro, Im updating the blog. Sometimes I went to the older posts and refresh them up. This is one of those. Revver might be outta business so I guess, I might have to host some myself and some on youtube. That older one from Revver was for sure the old one, you probably already watch it and it wasn't as good as the recent ones anyway. I will make some new ones. Yeah, refreshing old posts take away some time to make new vids. Also Im updating the home page to make it more attractive, I will show you guys the mock up on the next post. :)

Anonymous said…
I've been using you're tutorials for about a year now, and I still haven't found a website that does what this one does (quick concise tutorials that get the point across without taking hours to do it) for free. very nice.

I was looking at you're portfolio the other day and saw that you did some modelling for guild wars. so I was wonder if you were you planning on ever doing a modelling tutorial?
idrawgirls said…
Anonymous> thanks, I'm flatter. :) I'm glad the tutorials are useful to you still over the year.
Those model are like 5 years old. Yeah, they are out dated. Well, we don't make them like that anymore. There are lot of process involve nowadays with new technology like normal map, Z-brush, etc. Well I know how to do them cuz Im probably one of the few guys here that do concept myself from the beginning to finish without passing it on to anyone. ;)

Though this site is only dedicate to 2D and concept only and I'm trying to stay on focus. It's already hard to catch up with the post. If Im retired someday I might make a 3D tutorial site but chances are pretty slim cuz 3D nowadays takes forever to finish just one model. :)
Good luck.
You might want to check out my buddy here he does 3D tutorials
And he's way better at it than I am.

good luck
idrawgirls said…
Also another guy that specialize in 3D Joe here

Tons of videos
good luck, ;)
Anonymous said…
Wow, thanks man! I never would have found these on my own. pikop's blog especially should help me.
silagra said…
Really nice steps to draw the face..very helpful for drawing & architecture students..thanks for sharing.
Unknown said…
Hello ! I am sorf of fan of urs drawing :) It's on a great lvl, realy !
So, i want to download some of ur's guids and tutorials, but i can't pay u with card. Have u got some WebMoney pocket or smth like this ?
I really want to lern and to be same master-level as u are.
idrawgirls said…
@silagra thanks ;-)

@crudusorc sorry, we only have the card system, Paypal, Google Checkout, and Amazon Checkout. We think these are pretty standard enough. You can download the free ones though Thanks ;-)
Unknown said…
@idrawgirls i've already downloaded free ones ^^ U see, i have some money to spend and desire to buy all ur video, but i haven't master card. Can I hope u review ur decision and create webmoney accaunt where i can send money to buy video ? :)
p.s. I apologize for my stubborn ^^
idrawgirls said…
@Andrew e-mail me, I will see what we can do for you.
smyster said…
Amazing sketches, great tutorial helped me learn alot
thank you
idrawgirls said…
@smyster Glad you did, mission accomplish. Keep it up, then we will keep putting out more tutorials. ;-)