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Drawing the Human Head

In this series of lessons, we'll learn how to draw the human head. Software required: Photoshop.
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Intermediate
Updated
Dec 24, 2009
Duration
59m
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Intermediate
Updated
Dec 24, 2009
Duration
59m
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In this series of lessons, we'll learn how to draw the human head. We'll begin by sketching a simple head and learning how to use triangles to help with the proportions of the face. We'll then learn the intricacies of drawing the neck and ear. We'll finish by learning how to use the T stroke in our own drawings to add layers to our image. Software required: Photoshop.

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About the author

With a rich history of traditional drawing and art, Danielle Iyer is an extremely skilled creator and teacher.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Introduction and Project Overview
[Autogenerated] and this lesson, we will learn how to construct a basic head. It's good to start by building upon a solid foundation for more successful outcome. So we'll discuss different measuring techniques and by using simple guides, will sketch out a basic head from scratch. I've gotta hand set up different layers, one for the study of form, and we'll use that also for measurements, and one for our sketch will build up off of those measurements. So go ahead, hide this head and we'll focus on the form for right now. I'll go and change my brush toe. Nice color. It's easy to see for guides, okay, and I'll go ahead and hide, but we don't need to see now. It's good to start out with the overall skull head shape, and that's about of rounded shape so we can go ahead and kind of mark that in. We'll go and draw that spherical shape. Just a nice round shape. All right. Now we can kind of mark in the center line to help us figure out the overall placement. It's not quite in. The Senate was kind of right about here. Now, if we can imagine this to be the top of the head right in here. And if we kind of followed dumps, the bottom will say right about in here Doesn't be so far down. All right. Now, if we follow this guideline right in here, it will be the center of the head butts. The top of the head in the back is a little bit higher up than the top of the face. Top of face might be kind of right in here, depending on the shape of the head. But overall fault right about here, where the where the hairline will be. It's gonna mark that in. Now. If you find the center line between the top of the face and the bottom of the face, we can go ahead and draw that in. What about here? And that's where we find our eye line. Right in there. Now, if this is the width of the head, I never to hear. If we can't take that and divide that into thirds right about right here. I'm here. Freefall, That dunce. The island will find the placement of our eyes right in there. Now, if we focus on the bottom half of the face area. It's helpful to divide it into fifth, because then we can find the markings are the placement of the nose in the mouth more accurately and very quickly. Let's go ahead and divide that area into fist we like to do is take that top line the bottom line. Find the center line in between that kind of spaced out just a little bit right about there. We'll divide those markings also in half. We quickly have our measurements. Very simply, go ahead and draw that in really quickly. Hips. I'm out there all right. Now, if we follow that second line down from the eye line will be the location of our nose. Now, in most cases, it'll be the body, the nose, and in some cases you'll find that's the furthest part away from the nose to hang out. How long the noses. But overall, it's a good rule to kind of assume that'll be the top part, the furthest away from the nose. And now, for also for the lips. If you want to find that lip line at a relaxed position, will see that the second lineup is where the center of the mouth when the lips come together is right about in here. We can go ahead and draw that being in there. All right, so now we have our overall markings and our overall measurements for a head kind of draw the rest of our face in. It's kind of an oval shape. Draw that in dance the bottom of the chin right in there. Have a nice rounded shape. Not too perfect. We can go and adjust that later. Depending on the thickness of the job or the thickness, the cheek bones. We can all adjust this later. Let's go ahead and go to our sketch layer so I can start building on these measurements here. We'll go ahead and change the brush color again. All right. Glenn High. We don't need to see, so let's go ahead and start drawing in the overall shape of the head. Look, kind of start from the top. Bring it all the way down. Keeping that same with all right down. This is the back of the skull line right here. Keep that same roundness all the same with Go ahead. Just stop right there at the island. For now. Now, if we wanted to go ahead, start drawing in the upper eyelid shape. We can go and put that in right about in there. Same for the other eye. Right about here. Now, if you notice this eye line right in here, the center corners of the eyes will always fall on this eye line. Now, the back corners might not always fall there. So it's one thing to keep in mind when you're drawing out your face. You could have the ice slanted up a little bit more or down, little farther or even falling right on the line. But in most cases, it won't always be touching. But in this face will just go ahead. Leave it there, all right, and we can go ahead and start drawing in the bottom part of that almond shape. If you manage in almond just sitting on a string right there, kind of helpful to keep that overall shape in mind. All right now, one helpful unit of measurement is we can use this eye to measure out the proper distances. The's eyes might be a little close together so I can go ahead and test that will go ahead and select our former mayor I'll just created a new layer for this one will name its eyes. All right, so go ahead and select a different color. So it's easy to see our I Okay, so if I can't trace over this I shape here, it's kind of market in the overall shape. If I go ahead and copy that if we moved at right into the center of both eyes, we can see Yeah, it is a little bit close together, we can space it a little bit more. The overall distance between the center between the eyes will be one eye with and the overall shape of the entire head. The width of it will be about five eyes wide from the widest part kind of magic. Come right down to here. So, yeah, this guy needs to come out just a little bit further. There's one two, three for five eyes wide for our face. That's a good unit of measurement. We can just go ahead and keep this I just on the side for now. I'll go back to our sketch. We can go ahead and adjust that I It's a little bit more lips, not the entire layer right here just about right there. That'll give a more proper space in between the eyes that same for this one. Move that over. Even. They kind of keep it same distance apart. All right, so it's a really good test. We can go ahead and keep the overall spacing accurate. I'll go ahead and slightly brush again. Now we can go ahead and move on to the rest of feast the features of the face. Now, if you want to draw out the nose again, this will be the furthest part away from the nose in many cases, and some cases, like for men, it'll come straight down into the face, and that will also be the bottom of the nose. But for females, it tends to be more round, and the bottom of the nose might be farther down. Right about here can go to mark that in. Now. To find will be the bottom of the septum, by the way, so find the outer wings of the sailor or the wings of the nose. One easy way to plot this inn is to find right in the corner of the eye kind of fall that say, my line down, we could find the distance apart for the nose. On average, the noses are about the same width apart as the eyes can go ahead and use that as our measurement right about here and right here kind of draw in our nostrils, given Isil routed scoop in there. All right, so you have the overall width of our nose. Must be the top of the bridge. If we kind of imagine if it surrounded nostril around it septum on the top of the nose. Go ahead and draw this shadow and just really quickly to remind ourselves that there is a bit of distance in there. And if you follow this overall I shape you can kind of find the bridge of the nose coming right down in here. All rights now, moving on with the mouth. The way the mouth comes together, it falls right on the second line from the bottom again. And then in women, especially the lips are very plump, so we can see that being very noticeable. And in some men, the bullets will be very narrow. So it might seem that there's more distance right in here, but for now, we'll just go ahead and mark in where the lips come together. Assuming this is a female has scooping out and down very plump lips, all rights. And on average, if we kind of imagine the people's right in here for eyes come falling right in there, you can imagine she's looking straight forward. We can use that as a general guideline for the corners of the mouth will fall. Usually right with the peoples are, and sometimes if the mouth is narrow, are smaller. Might be a little bit farther in words. We'll go ahead and assume it's just a relaxed mouth for now. Now the upper part. We can go and mark that in. Remember, there's several beans in there giving that curve shape and the bottom will seem is pretty plump on the bottom. Kind of draw that in, not going all the way to the corner. All right, just a simple mouth shape for now. Okay, we can go ahead and draw on the upper eyelid where it will fall in right in there and that brow line. Now, one way to find the brow line rather quickly is if you go back to that I measurement. We have here can kind of take that same measurement. Let's go ahead and rotate it 90 degrees and we'll find the proper distance we need. If a position that I from the bottom part of the laid in a relaxed post, we confined where the brow and the top most part of the brow. Linus, Let's go ahead and use that. We'll be the top of the brow falling that same eye shape. Now women tend to have center eyebrows. I'll keep it thin. Go ahead, mark. In that same location over here, I'm assuming it's the same position, all right, that's a really quick way to find that measurement. We can also use this to test out the overall with from the bottom of the nose to the bottom of lip, depending on how thick that lip is, so it could be a little bit thinner, but on average is one with one eye with apart. So then move that aside again back to our sketch layer. Now, to find the placement of the ears, we could just rather quickly by following this eye line right about into here, and that will be the location of where the year meets up with the face and all kind of scoop outwards for me, a c. So go and draw that in. That kind of comes upwards and matches the top of that. I line scoop upward in a C shape and it comes down to the nose line right in here Really quick. Simple way to measure out where that year will fall. It's not so thick right there. Same thing with other sets. Go ahead, mark that in now. Keep in mind. The outer edge of the head is a little bit thicker than the inside of the face. It kind of tapers Edwards a little bit. So the temples to be right about in here so you can go ahead and start marking that in right about here for the cheekbone, coming straight down, saying the other side. And that's why we can see just a little bit of the ear cause coming in at an angle on mark that ends. We can see that angle in there. Here's a little bit bigger, but right, we'll go mark the bottom of the chin now. One quick, easy way to find the overall placement of the corner of the jaw is if we follow that mouth line. Normally, that's where the job will following. So we can go ahead. Mark that in right about in there. Now, this is a sickness of female. If it's a male, the jaw could be out a little bit further, even extending farther beyond that. But in most cases will go ahead and keep it narrow for females. Okay, Now we have our overall placement of the most important features on the face. Now, if we mark in just a hairline, we can keep that. Also, keep that information in there. Go ahead dark in these lines, and so don't lose this information. All right. About in here. Dark in that in a little bit more. All right, so there we have our basic face built up off of simple guidelines. We can add any elements we want to this weaken, exaggerate the features. If we wanted to, we can adjust certain things, move things around. But overall, the actual measurement of the face if I go ahead and hide groups harder are guidelines. We can get this nice overall features of our face place accurately now. And this is all just based off of simple guidelines for the center line, the eye line, the fifth and the eyes being separated. Five eyes apart when I am between at the third placement or the 1/3 area of the face.