In class we did a series exercises to help with understanding how to draw a face over the course of five to seven days.
We began by writing down notes on the proportions of the face.
Proportions of the face:
|Eyes||1 eye width apart|
|Nose||Middle third of the face, 1 eye wide at the base|
|Face||Divided into thirds:
•Hairline to eyebrow
•Eyebrow to base of nose
•Base of nose to chin
•1/3 of the way down from the nose to the chin
•The corners of the mouth line up with the middle of the eyes
|Ears||Rest in the middle third of the head|
|Full height of the head||Divides into halves:
•Top of the head to the middle of the eyes
•Middle of the eyes to the chin
|Width of the head at the level of the eyes||½ an eye width from the corner of the eye|
We then did a drawing of a face using these proportions. The activity was designed to help demonstrate how these proportions actually work together. We covered the ratios needed to place the eyes, nose, etc. correctly and to scale.
After completing this drawing of proportions, we flipped the page over and began the next part.
How to draw the parts of the face:
The second part was a “how to” exercise, focused on the techniques necessary to draw convincing facial parts. For both of these we worked on the project as a group; I would demo in class how to draw an eye, and then we all drew an eye.
In the link below is the PowerPoint that was used to teach this lesson. While it is not quite the same as having been present for the presentation, it does provide much of the same information. Please note that information that is needed is available not only on the slide, but in the notes section below it.
The following are videos we used in class to demonstrate the shading techniques for each part of the face.