25 Days to Better Drawings: Basic Facial Proportions
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Use a formulaic approach to drawing a face from observation or imagination by understanding the general locations and proportions of the face.
2B graphite pencil, kneaded eraser, and white drawing paper.
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Lesson 1: Materials and Mindset (10:07)Lesson 2: Drawing with Lines (25:29)Lesson 3: Drawing Ellipses (18:26)Lesson 4: Drawing with Shapes (15:56)Lesson 5: Line Quality (13:10)Lesson 6: Cross Contour Lines (11:32)Lesson 7: Shading with Line (38:49)Lesson 8: Value (10:52)Lesson 9: Light and Shadow (11:58)Lesson 10: Drawing Basic Forms (17:25)Lesson 11: Drawing with Forms (21:12)Lesson 12: Texture Study #1 (28:54)Lesson 13: Texture Study #2 (49:20)Lesson 14: Texture Study #3 (17:31)Lesson 15: The Illusion of Space (16:33)Lesson 16: One Point Perspective (46:39)Lesson 17: Two Point Perspective (48:35)Lesson 18: Three Point Perspective (54:30) Lesson 19: Sighting, Measuring, and Mapping (10:02)Lesson 20: Positive and Negative Space (8:13)Lesson 21: The Grid Technique (11:07)Lesson 22: Basic Facial Proportions (41:52)Lesson 23: Figure Drawing (1:03:53)Lesson 24: Drawing in Reverse (16:29)Lesson 25: Conclusion / Final Exercise (3:56)
This was great exercise. I had never heard of any techniques for drawing faces. Thanks.
This lesson was wonderful, thanks! I’ve never really done portrait drawing but with the techniques you’re showing us, it all comes together for me.
awesome! looks so easy, thanks Matt
This is awesome.I have learned several tips that make my work look more realistic. Your style of teaching is very easy to understand. Thank you!!!
What kind of pencil are you using in all of these drawing lessons?
Hi you say we are drawing from imagination so no reference photo, and to draw a circle, no dimensions mentioned. I drew a circle and began drawing the connected lines for the square, however, must have been the size of my circle because I got a rectangle not a square. When I did this and ended up with a face more like a horses than a humans ie very long. What did I do wrong please?
It’s hard to say without seeing the drawing, but it sounds like you may have drawn an oval instead of a circle in the early stages of the drawing.
I truly enjoyed this lesson and learned some great tips to draw portraits. Thank you, Matt.
Portrait drawing also has been somewhat of a stumbling block for me ! I did one of my husband a few years back he looked more like Marc Almond the singer than my husband, he never let me forget it ! Watching this I now can see I was going wrong in so many areas ! I loved this lesson I will also be looking at some of the other courses when we have done here ! Thanks once again Jan
This was a fun exercise and another useful tool for my drawing practice. I placed the brow line a little low, but my face appears human and properly proportioned so I’ll call that a win.
This was a really great exercise. My first attempt at ever drawing a realistic looking human face and it turned out pretty well.
I do have trouble with the shading though. It ends up looking as though I just scribbled all over the drawing. Is this and issue with the pencil I’m using, or because my sketch paper doesn’t have much texture, or is it just technique? How can I learn better shading technique?
This was fun! I was actually impressed with this and also yesterdays drawings. Thank you so much!