The human face is a beautiful and complex subject. It is one of the most popular drawing subjects for artists, and it is also one of the most challenging. Drawing real people requires skill and practice, but there are some simple techniques you can use to help you draw the human face better.
Drawing Made Easy: How to Sketch the Human Face will help you start drawing faces. You will learn how to sketch various facial features as well as draw a realistic portrait of an individual person. Drawing people will be easier once you have mastered these techniques.
Tutorials cover all the basics of drawing faces, from shapes to shading and more. You will learn how to draw noses, eyes, ears, mouths, chins, and more in step-by-step tutorials. You will also find links and information about other resources that can help you improve your skills in drawing people.*
For my first attempt at drawing the human face, I chose to sketch a picture of a young man. I had taken my basic figure drawing and anatomy class years ago in college and had not drawn since. I purchased your book “Drawing Made Easy: How to Sketch the Human Face” and began practicing the dummies on pages 40-43.
The first 2 or 3 attempts were terrible, mainly because I was trying to draw what I saw without understanding the structure underneath. I especially struggled with his nose. After a couple of pages of practice, though, things were starting to come together.
I was pleased with my fourth attempt at sketching his face and wanted to share it with you.
Thanks for making me look forward to learning how to sketch again!
Learning to draw the human face is hard.
This is not only because it’s an exacting subject, with subtle distinctions that come only with practice. It’s also because a drawing of a face can reveal so much about you.
It might be easiest to think of a drawing of a face as a kind of Rorschach test. If you are especially sensitive, it might be more like a polygraph — or maybe even a lie detector test. A drawing of the human face can reveal your values, your inner struggles, your darkest secrets and deepest hopes. And all of this is true whether you intend it to or not, whether you want to share these things with anyone or not.
When I was young, I didn’t realize how revealing my drawings were — especially my drawings of faces. When I was growing up, my father had what seemed like an enormous library: thousands and thousands of books on all kinds of subjects.
One day when I was around 10 or 11 years old, I found an old book called Drawing Made Easy: How to Sketch the Human Face by Charles Chaplin — Charlie Chaplin’s dad. Both my parents were artists with studios in our basement — they often critiqued each other’s work — but there were two kinds
If you dread the thought of drawing or painting, I have good news—you are not alone. There are many people who feel the same way. However, I think they just need to learn how to overcome their fear and begin drawing. You do not need to be an expert artist or painter to enjoy drawing; in fact, your art is going to be much better if you are new at it because you will just be learning how to draw instead of trying to reproduce something that you have already learned how to draw.
What does this mean for you? It means that when you get started, you have a clean slate and nothing is holding you back from developing your own drawings and paintings. This is important because it means that your brain has not yet been filled with what someone else thinks good art looks like. Your brain will fill itself with what makes sense for your style of art, and your own style will develop as time goes on.
My favorite way of teaching people how to draw is by starting with a face. This makes sense because most people know what a face looks like, so if they can reproduce it on paper than they can see that they can make a picture on paper actually look something like the thing they are looking at! If they can make it look
I teach art classes to all ages. I have noticed that the students who have taken art lessons in the past seem to be frustrated and are having a hard time learning how to sketch or draw.
The reason is that they have been taught a method of drawing which is based on perspective and proportion. They have been taught to measure and calculate everything, which takes away from the natural flow of their creativity. They become mechanical in their approach to drawing and never really learn the basics of how to draw something.
When we learn a new language, we learn the individual sounds in that language first. Then we put those sounds together into words, then into phrases, and then into sentences until we can finally speak fluently. If we were taught a language by memorizing grammar rules first, we might never learn to speak fluently because we simply wouldn’t understand what we were saying or why it was correct.*
In order for you to truly understand something, you need be able to see its foundation or structure. The same is true for sketching and drawing.
You will soon discover that you already know most of what you need to know about sketching or drawing if you would just slow down long enough to see what you are doing. You can begin with a few simple exercises
I’ve been drawing for a long time. I’m not an expert but I do know the basics of effective sketching. The following are some tips from what I’ve learned.
The first thing to do is to figure out where you want the focal point of your sketch to be. Once you have that, you can begin putting in the other elements of your picture.
For example, if you have a face as your subject, then it makes sense for the face to be in the center and everything else to be in relation to it and flow around it. If you want a full body shot then make sure that one side isn’t larger than the other (unless intentionally so.) Again, keep the focal point in mind as you develop your composition.