Basic Portrait Proportions!
Welcome back to Studio Time with Ms. Lehrmann!Welcome back to Studio Time with Ms. Lehrmann!
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All faces are different, but you can learn basic rules that can help you structure your drawingAll faces are different, but you can learn basic rules that can help you structure your drawing
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This week: all you need is paper and pencil. Mirror optional!This week: all you need is paper and pencil. Mirror optional!
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Step 1: Draw 3 evenly spaced guidelinesStep 1: Draw 3 evenly spaced guidelines
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Draw 2 more evenly spaced lines between the middle line and bottom lineDraw 2 more evenly spaced lines between the middle line and bottom line
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Label the guidelines A,B, C, D and ELabel the guidelines A,B, C, D and E
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Step 2: Draw a dotted line down the center of the paper and an oval shape around the center lineStep 2: Draw a dotted line down the center of the paper and an oval shape around the center line
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An interesting fact about eye placementAn interesting fact about eye placement
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This may seem CRAZY but they’re halfway between the top of the head and bottom of the chin!This may seem CRAZY but they’re halfway between the top of the head and bottom of the chin!
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There is also one eye’s distance between your eyes!There is also one eye’s distance between your eyes!
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Step 3: Draw 5 ovals across line BStep 3: Draw 5 ovals across line B
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Step 4: Erase the extra guideline eyesStep 4: Erase the extra guideline eyes
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Did you know that your nose and your ears are about the same length?Did you know that your nose and your ears are about the same length?
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Step 5: Draw the ears and nose between line B and line CStep 5: Draw the ears and nose between line B and line C
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Where does the mouth fit in?Where does the mouth fit in?
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Step 6: Draw a dotted line down from the center of the eye to about line DStep 6: Draw a dotted line down from the center of the eye to about line D
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Where does the neck start?Where does the neck start?
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Step 7: Draw a line down from the outer edge of the eye to the chin to where the neck beginsStep 7: Draw a line down from the outer edge of the eye to the chin to where the neck begins
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What’s missing?What’s missing?
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Where do the eyebrows and hairline go?Where do the eyebrows and hairline go?
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Step 8: Draw two evenly spaced lines between lines A and BStep 8: Draw two evenly spaced lines between lines A and B
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We’re almost done with the required steps. I’m going to start making it look like a self portraitWe’re almost done with the required steps. I’m going to start making it look like a self portrait
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Step 9: Draw eyebrows— the tops should touch the lower line we just drewStep 9: Draw eyebrows— the tops should touch the lower line we just drew
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Step 10: Draw the hairline along the upper line we just drewStep 10: Draw the hairline along the upper line we just drew
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All of the steps after this are OPTIONALAll of the steps after this are OPTIONAL
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Step 11: Draw the iris and pupil. The upper eyelid overlaps the top of the irisStep 11: Draw the iris and pupil. The upper eyelid overlaps the top of the iris
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Step 12: Draw the lower lid and tear ductStep 12: Draw the lower lid and tear duct
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Step 12: Draw the crease of the upper lidStep 12: Draw the crease of the upper lid
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Step 13: Shade in the pupil and irisStep 13: Shade in the pupil and iris
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Step 14: Shade in the shadows cast on the whites of the eyesStep 14: Shade in the shadows cast on the whites of the eyes
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Step 15: Shade the shadows cast by your forehead on your eyelid creaseStep 15: Shade the shadows cast by your forehead on your eyelid crease
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Step 16: Draw curved eyelashes. Pay attention to how they cross over one anotherStep 16: Draw curved eyelashes. Pay attention to how they cross over one another
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Step 17: Shade the nose. Use a circle to form the tip of the noseStep 17: Shade the nose. Use a circle to form the tip of the nose
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Step 18: Don’t forget the fold of skin between your nose and top lip!Step 18: Don’t forget the fold of skin between your nose and top lip!
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Step 19: Shade in the lips. Usually the top lip is in shadow and the bottom lip is highlightedStep 19: Shade in the lips. Usually the top lip is in shadow and the bottom lip is highlighted
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Step 20: Shade in your chin and neck. Your neck will usually be more in shadow than your face.Step 20: Shade in your chin and neck. Your neck will usually be more in shadow than your face.
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Step 21: Notice the highlights and shadows on your face & major highlights and shadows in your hairStep 21: Notice the highlights and shadows on your face & major highlights and shadows in your hair
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Is it a perfect portrait? No! But following the rules of proportions gives me a strong foundation.Is it a perfect portrait? No! But following the rules of proportions gives me a strong foundation.
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