Okay I apologize for the janky-ness of this tutorial, but hopefully this will help…some of you?
- First you want to draw a basic oval shape, keep in mind that not all heads conform this way, like everything there are variations in form, but the general shape is an upside-down egg, or so I was taught. The sides (where the temples are on the head) are relatively flat, and the line through it dictates the angle of the head).
- Just a quick note to go over, remember when drawing the head that it is a curved surface. Not flat. With this in mind, remember to draw the features of the head with that curved geography in mind. Eyes will slightly taper off if viewed at three-quarters view, noses will also follow this curve, as will the mouth. With blue, I outlined some of the more important features that everyone should keep in mind. Remember that the area above the eyes and just below the eyebrows comes out a bit, and catches light. Remember also that humans still have ‘snouts’, so the nose and mouth are a bit more elevated on the surface.
- On slide three I drew some example eyes just to get the point across that, just like the face, the eyeball is a curved surface, and the eyelid will follow this shape. I am still refining the face at this point, keeping this geography in mind always.
- Still refining the face, and I’m also outlining where some curves fall. Where the cheekbone meets the curve below the eyebrow is usually a dip (where the two arrowheads meet) - that is the outer eye-socket. Generally you want to curve the jaw in unless your character has a squarer jaw, which is a-ok! Also in this step, remember the little ‘divets’ where the edge of the mouth are. They are two little marks that people usually exaggerate when they want to come across that someone is happy, but they are very important to draw and give life and depth to the face.
- On this step I put the original drawing on a low opacity and redid it so it looked cleaner. Keep in mind things changed a bit from the original drawing, sometimes the integrity changes, sometimes it doesn’t. The original is just a blueprint and don’t feel the need to be confined to it!
- Simple (and bad) colors, just to show how the light works on the face, I will go more in depth on coloring on a separate tutorial!
Hope this helps everyone! Mail me if you have anymore questions. c: