Just when I thought I might be getting comfortable drawing heads and faces, it’s time to get more advanced and start learning how to turn those heads and faces. It’s amazing how even a slight tilt of the head can alter the position and shape of the facial features.
Here are two very quick sketches I made to show how different a man’s features can be from a “straight-on” perspective to a “three-quarter” view.
As I was putting these sketches together, I felt as though I were creating a mugshot. I think this fellow might be:
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For quick sketches, they’re all right, and I plan to use them as guidelines for more detailed drawings. I can easily see different things I’ll need to work on — such as the angles of the eyes as the man’s head turns. And, no, I’ve never yet learned to draw hair, so that’s another area that will need work.
The human body — head and all — fascinates me. I’m still loving my anatomy and figure drawing practices, but what’s the point of drawing bodies if I can’t include heads and faces? Every body deserves a head and a face, right?
So, I’ll keep sketching, I’ll keep learning, and with practice, I’ll continue to improve. I’ve come a long way from where I began, believe me!