Drawing Faces for Beginners - 4 Main Parts to Drawing Faces For Beginners to Know!

Imagine for a moment that you've really gotten the hang of drawing faces. They don't look like poor imitations that mock a real human face, you know you're going somewhere good with your drawing now.
And then you remember how you started out, before you suddenly got good, you know you had to start somewhere, and what better place to start than the internet, reading an article like this?
After all, you know that you're not going to get any good at drawing people, so you need to start learning how to draw faces for beginners...and when you read the rest of this article, you'll be well on your way to doing that!
Now there are 4 main points to drawing a face you'll want to know:
  • Getting the proportions right
You'll need to make sure you get the proportions of the facial features correct. Getting these wrong will make your portrait look... strange, to say the least.
  • Drawing each facial feature
You'll want to know how to draw each part of the face correctly too. You'll want to know exactly what you're doing when drawing the eyes, nose, mouth and ears.
  • How to begin drawing
You might know how to draw each piece of the face perfectly, but until you also know how to organize and begin your overall portrait, your picture won't be going anywhere good fast.
  • Pencil shading
And lastly, shading. After you're done with getting all the parts of the face in the right place, with good outlines, you'll need to start shading it all in to give it that realistic 3D effect.
Most people are interested in the shading part of it, so I'll start there. Don't think I'm leaving out the rest of these steps though, they are just as important.
Remember, you are learning to draw faces as a beginner, there is far more to know than this single article can give you..
How to Shade
First off, you'll need the right pencil. B, 2B or even darker can be used for shading.
Start with the darkest area, and work your way towards the light. It might help you to lightly draw a general outline of the light area, so that you can work towards those lines.
At first, keeping easing off the pressure you apply, until you can no longer see the mark of your pencil on the paper. Then, you can repeat this process until you are satisfied with the depth of the shading, as well as to smooth out the tonal changes and adjust any worse areas.
Finding some shading exercises may well help you out here. While you want to eventually learn to draw realistic human faces, practicing shading in other objects and pictures will help you develop the control and skill to shade in the more tricky parts of the face as well!

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