Using A Grid Technique To Get Face Proportions Correct

This is a nice informative step by step tutorial for the beginner artist revealing how to establish the correct proportions for facial features by using a grid method to align them.

The instructor has decided to use Photoshop to draw and convey his theory and begins by drawing a long vertical line down the centre of the face straight through the middle of the young woman’s nose, forehead and chin. This instantly divides the face and gives him a foundation to work from. By placing two identical lines at the side of either nostril it then becomes more apparent how the eyes are placed and proportioned in relation to the nose, and without this method some artists, especially beginners may struggle to see this.

The video continues with a series of horizontals and more verticals with expertly guided narrative to back the theory and technique up. A great tutorial for anybody interested in knowing the basic fundamentals for drawing portraiture.

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    1. Great tips 🙂 thanks you very much!! I have a request for you, can you please make a video explaining how to draw hair? because when I’m doing a portrait I find really hard to make curly hair, or blonde, I know the differences between them but I can’t put that on a piece of paper, hope you will do it!

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    2. Thank you so much for your videos :)I’ve been drawing portraits for about 6 years now and I know some of the things you show from experience but it’s good to actually see it again. Do you know how to make a portrait look more… alive? It’s the eyes I think, I usually get the shapes right but it just doesn’T lok alive :/

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    3. This was really helpful! but. . on a totally different topic, would it be alright if I used lead pencils to draw instead of the traditional pencils since you said to always keep your pencils sharp. I was thinking of buying different leads . . .

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    4. This was really helpful! but. . on a totally different topic, would it be alright if I used lead pencils to draw instead of the traditional pencils since you said to always keep your pencils sharp. I was thinking of buying different leads . . .

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    5. I’ve been jumping around looking at your videos. You are the best teacher I have ever watched. I feel like I am learning everything I’ve always wanted to but just couldn’t grasp from a book. Especially when you talk about perspective. Thank you for these.

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    6. Thank you so much for sharing your approach to drawing. Theses little tips will help me immensely in teaching rural African children how to draw a self-portrait, part of my work as an expressive art therapist-I’m not that great at portraits, but am also getting better with your tips.. Thank again!

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