Drawing the Human Profile and Figure

In this series of lessons, we'll learn many techniques on drawing the difficult subject of the human figure. Software required: Photoshop.
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(24)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Dec 31, 2009
Duration
1h 4m
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Course info
Rating
(24)
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Dec 31, 2009
Duration
1h 4m
Description

In this series of lessons, we'll learn many techniques on drawing the difficult subject of the human figure. We'll begin by learning how to draw profiles, both male and female. We'll then dive into the topic of figure, balance, and action which are all important aspects to keep in mind whenever drawing humanoid creatures. We'll then learn a few techniques to quickly give us a foundation to build off of when drawing the human body. Software required: Photoshop.

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Introduction and Project Overview
[Autogenerated] and this lesson, we will learn how to draw the profile of a man's face by focusing on certain features more commonly seen in men. We will sketch out our profile based off of the simple visual guidelines to start off. Let's examine the basic head breakdown. We can apply the same basic rules to our profile for the facial features. The overall placement of the features will be the same. It's going to hide these guides. Now. Men have a lower percentage of body fat than women. This is important to keep in mind when drawing men, because it's especially noticeable in individual features that are more defined and have a more sculpted look. With that in mind, let's begin drawing our form and basic guidelines in the separate layer. Well, go ahead. It's like two different color was easier to see, and I'll go ahead and hide the windows. We don't need to see now. Let's go ahead. Start by drawing out the overall shape of the skull, and it's very spherical shapes. Let's go ahead. Draw that in lips around that off a little bit more. All right, and the front of the face for men tend to be a little straighter will just draw that line in to help us remember that. But go ahead. Rounds it off just a little bit more. It was not exactly a flat surface. Now we can mark in the top part of our head. Keep in mind, the skull kind of comes in just a little bit higher in the back than it does in the front of the face. Will go ahead, mark in right about here, be the top of our head and the bottom of our face would be right about in here. Let's go ahead, Mark that in. All right. Now, if we find the line right in the center of these two lines will find where the eyes following. So let's go ahead, Mark that Write about it in there. And if we divide this square over all the front of the face to the back of the head to divide that in half a cz well, we can easily plot out where years positioned. Let's go ahead and find that central line right about here. It does not be too perfect. Kind of imagine there's the other part of it. There we go. Now, if we focus on the bottom half of this face, we can break it down into fifths to mark out where the lot the nose fall and where the lips falling on the face. So let's go ahead and make that into fits. Life judges find a center line of these two lines. What about in here and kind of space it out just a little bit more. We'll divide those other two sections as well. So now we have our easy breakdown of our fifths. Let's go ahead and mark these lines. And just for a guide does not be perfect. All right, so now we have our general breakdown of our measurements and our guidelines for our face. It's now we can start sketching in our separate layer we reserved for our sketch. And let's go ahead and also change our color are brush All right, I'll go and hide that again. Now I like to start from drawing from the top of a face to the bottom, and if we can imagine the forehead kind of rounds off, it follows the skull pretty well. So we'll go and start right about in here, where the hair Linus. You go and draw that in, and it follows the skull pretty well if you keep in mind. Men have more muscular toned faces, so it tends to be a little bit further out more defined in here and just below this top part of the forehead. And just in between a forehead and the brow line, it kind of scoops in words so I can go ahead and draw that in just a little bit. And at the brow line, it comes out is very got this protrusion in here. It's very defined. So go ahead and draw that brow line in. Now because of this little protrusion in here, it seems like the nose almost sinks in where the bridge can. It starts, So go ahead and draw that in a swell. All right, so now we have our basic forehead broken up. Let's go down to the second line in our division and mark in the bottom of the knows where we'll meet up with the face. It's very straight underside of the nose for men, and the top of the bridge of the nose also tends to be very straight, so let's go ahead and just draw that in following that same groove, only a dunce that just about the tip, the top part of the furthest part away from the face, the part of the septum that kind of defines the overall tip of the nose. Now that's my very in men. Sometimes it might be more rounded. Sometimes it's more pointy. We'll just go ahead and go with an average tip of the nose for men kind of rounds towards the bottom of the nose. All right, now, if we go to the second line above the bottom of the face will find where the lips fall. We can go ahead. Mark that, and really quickly. No men tend to have thinner lips and women. It's not so full. It's not so plump. And because it's thinner, the Phil trim the distance between the nose and the lip tends to look longer so you can go ahead and draw that in. I will just go ahead and give it chiseled lip, just very sharp edge to it. This men have very thin lips. Well, go ahead, reflect that in the bottom lip, not too far out. It doesn't come out quite as faras the upper lip. Pull that in. All right? No, Just before that, the chain comes in and scoops inwards a little bit and defines the chin line a little bit more that men tend to have chin that are pushed out a little bit further, and the jaw lines tend to be a little bit more defined and more chiseled, little bit broader, a swell. So go ahead and give him a bigger chin squared off. It almost meets up with the four headline If you can kind of visualize that, go and square it off and it meets right up with the underside of the jaw. This is also where the tongue and all those different muscles be underneath the jaw, and we could go ahead and kind of imagine the job line will be very chiseled right in here. The shadow will come up a little bit more, but we'll go ahead and focus on the eye for now. Right about in here following right on this eye line will go ahead, draw on our pupil and our overall I the upper eyelid. Now the lower lid comes just a little bit underneath it. Remember, from the front view. It's almost almond shaped, kind of resting on there. Now, the upper lid will still arch around and shape around the eyeball and land right on that line. But we don't really see it from the single, so you just kind of imagine it there. There you go. All right. So we can go ahead and follow the same line for the upper late. Just a little bit more. All right, Now, one good thing about measuring how far back the I should be if you can kind of imagine the front of the eye from the side view to the back of the eye. It's almost the same distance as it is just between the bridge and the front of the eye. So it's kind of a helpful tool with measuring out. I'm gonna bring that in just a little bit more. All right. We can go ahead and draw on the lower lid. What kind of wrap around? And it rests right up there with the overall jawline. If we follow that line down, we can find where our nostril will begin. The flank, the wing of the nose of you. Oh, and from the side view our nostrils air kind of visible, so we'll go ahead and draw that in. For some men, it's more visible than in others, but we'll just go ahead, make it a basic knows for now. I'll just draw that smile line in. All right now, to find the corner of the mouth. One useful tool is to find the overall. The edge of this knows that back the furthest back point of the wing. We can actually line that up with the mouth. For some of the younger men, it tends to be right in the center, but for the ultimate tends to come back towards me. I will go ahead. Imagine this guy's little bit middle aged. Well, just kind of bring the cornerback a little bit farther, all right. Give a little bit of shadow for the upper lip and for the lower lip. Just a plot out our location. Enough for the eyebrow will go ahead and bring it right about into here. It's not a unibrow, so it's not gonna come all the way to the midsection to the farthest point out. But we'll just go ahead and draw this in, meant to him to have thicker eyebrows. So just bring that up, thinking it up and tapered off towards sand. There we go. Go ahead and clean up. This hasn't doesn't be so thick. He's not wearing mascara. There you go. It looks much better. If you want, we can adjust the thickness of the upper eyelid. You know how old or how young he is now for the placement of the ear weaken, followed just behind this mid section of the head will just place that in. That's one helpful tool enough to visualize the top of the year. One easy markers. The top bridge of the upper eyelid. That's another helpful told measuring out how thick or how wide things should be. Keep in mind, it falls at this, the the bottom edge of the nose. So go ahead, draw that in overall shapes. There we go. Let's go ahead and finish up the rest for a head. Now, the way that had the back of the head meets up with the rest of the the face. One easy thing that is a useful marker or guideline for this back of the head. If you imagine that the bottom side of the news right down here, follow all the way down. You'll find where it meets the neck. That's another helpful little guideline to use. Well, go ahead and use that. Just draw the neck in and to find the front side of the neck, it's helpful to find the back corner of the eye and the front of the year, the central and right in between. There is usually where the Net comes in, depending how thin or how lean, or even how masculine the man is. He's an older man. It might be a little bit for father forward if he's heavier, but for the typical man, it's right about in here how the definition of the neck will be to find also on how muscular he is. But almost every man you can see a little bit of an Adam's apple in there, so just draw that it really quickly. Now, if we follow this jaw line, it'll come right into the bottom of the lobe and kind of disappear as it blends in. So let's just go ahead and draw that overall line in, and that's where the shadow of fall, depending on how defined. Excuse me, depending on how defined the chin is or how to find the jaw is the line would be a little bit different. There we go. Soon enough, I went ahead and hid thes guidelines. We can see our overall sketch of our man's head now by adding in shadows, this man's profile be much more lifelike. But as you can see, we can quickly reach this level simply by using basic guides. We can more successfully draw the masculine male profile when we're aware of specific features such as the scoop in the forehead, the protruding brow line, the straight sharp nose, the flat underside of the nose, the length and Phil trim, the thin lips, the square chin and the chiseled jawline.