Here’s how to draw a Face that follows the general rules of proportion. Turns out we are all more similar than we are different, a good thing to remember these days.
Learning how to draw a face may seem like a daunting task to some, but there’s actually some good news about them. Unlike other subject matter, there are actually some very general rules of proportion that students can follow to help them get off to a good start.
Even though we of course, all look different, everyone tends to have their eyes roughly in the middle of their head, noses end about halfway to our chin, and mouths sit in the middle space left over.
Learning how to have face drawings come out the way you want takes time and practice, of course. But if I had to choose one thing that I wanted any of my elementary students to remember about them, it’s simply that rule about where to place the eyes. Most tend to draw them too high, not in the middle, and that gets the spacing of everything else off too. Eyes need to be placed in the middle, before any hair is drawn, which might affect their judgement.
Speaking of hair, I added a page to my tutorial that gives some examples of how different styles of hair can look. And some glasses too, just for good measure.
- How to Draw a Face (click to download a PDF)
- Drawing paper
- Black marker
Time needed: 30 minutes.
How to Draw a Face
- Draw a large half circle.
- Continue sides with straight lines.
- Finish with the curved chin.
- Draw two eyes and brows.
- Add a nose half way down.
- Draw mouth half way to chin.
- Add the ears and neck.
- Add hair lines and erase inside.
- Trace with marker and color.