1. Map out the shape of the face with angular lines and try not to be enticed by the details and curvature of the face.
-we are creating a rhythmic patterns in your drawing so that it can easily be committed into memory.
2. Add in the back of the skull, drawing it pass the hair growth, this is so that you can visualize beyond the hair (does the skull seem surprisingly larger than you've imagined?)
3. Next we break up the face into (thirds) The nose defines the length of the face, (try measuring your own face and see if that is accurate.
The first landmark being the eyebrow to the hairline.
The second landmark is the brow to the tip of the nose.
The third landmark is from the nose to the end of the chin.
4. Half way across the tip of the nose to the base of the chin, is where the lower lips sit, so estimate slightly above it to find the opening of the mouth.
Tips- The initial phase of learning proportion might come across as a little mathematical or technical, but with enough repetition, this can become a part of your reference point and eventually your a form of visual intuition.
5. Next we focus on creating the eye socket, first drawing a line across the brow (think of it as a uni-brow and proceed to add a Y diagram on the center that connects to the nose) this creates the nasal bridge.
Once completed, the socket looks a lot like a pair of sunglasses.
6. Breaking down the nose into a basic geometrical shapes, helps us comprehend the forms better and to approach it without over complicating the structure.
Noses are perhaps one of the most difficult form to grasp due to its soft and subtle surface.) Most people fall victim to over-blending this area of the face thinking that its a matter of blending technique. (try to visualize it differently, think of it as anything else but a nose, think of it as a rocket even!)
7. The zig-zag pattern that is being illustrated here is a simplified version of the cheekbones. Trail a line down from the edge of the eye socket to the edge of the lips and finally ending to form the chin.
8. From the edge of the eyebrow all the way to the corner of the head, creates a separation of planes that forms the temple.