[Learn to draw]
Moving on to people
We see human faces everywhere. For a beginner, to draw them and paint
them is a difficult task. Perhaps some expect instant skill and are,
therefore, surprised to find that it is so. To be good at this is
rewarding. People always relish to have their own portrait.
Start by jotting down the accurate outline. Do not bother with
details early. It is important to remember the basic shape of a skull,
front and side. Notice Fig. 1 - How the outlines can be simplified into
sound structures to draw. Think of a head as being like an egg with the
broad end on top (front view). Half way from the top to the bottom of
this is where the eye line is.
Then halfway between the eye and bottom of the jaw, in the inner side
of the nose. Halfway between the end of the nose and the chin is the
mountain line. The same applies to a head in profile, but the shape from
the side is different because the skull extends further back.
In Fig. 2 - Notice how the dotted lines, lightly drawn will give you
the correct positions for eyes, nose and mouth and how the neck lines
are also marked. The neck does not pop straight up from the top of the
body. It comes at an angle which varies with each individual. These
proportions give a fairly accurate form to work with and remember that
faces vary. Some have long jaws, or high foreheads or narrow faces and
so on, and just as an egg is rounded so is a head.
In Fig. 3 - A shows the basic outline of a face (front view) while B
shows a complete drawing of a face.
Fig. 4 - Shows a complete drawing of a female face and a male face in colour.
Notice a pale wash of orange is used for the female face, while a
pale wash of yellow ochore is used for the male face.