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DRAW HEADS FROM ANY ANGLE (crappy tut) by TheLearningArtist DRAW HEADS FROM ANY ANGLE (crappy tut) by TheLearningArtist
If you have trouble drawing the head from different angles, this is how I do it.
1) Draw a reasonably circular shape. This will become the "cranium" part of the head, where the brain would be. You need to think of this as a sphere, NOT a flat circle.
2) The cranium is not perfectly spherical. It has flattened sides. So flatten the sides of the sphere. That involves placing a flat oval on the sides of the head. The oval turns with the head, getting narrower as the head turns more forward, and wider as the head turns to the side.
3)The horizontal..diameter...thing? of the oval divides the cranium in half short-ways. It also is an indicator of the up/down tilt of the chin. This line is important later for placing the features.
4) Then there's a line that divides the sphere in half longways. This shows the center of the face. It helps give you a sense of how far the head is twisted to the side. It also helps when you place the nose and chin later.
5) This is where it gets complicated.
From here on out, it's about drawing line indicators of where the features will be. Don't freak out. All this involves is drawing lines around the head at certain important points. The lines help you place the features on the face. You already drew everything you need to place these lines.
-Draw a line from the top of the oval. This is the hairline. On some men, usually older men, the hairline has receded, but never mind that.
-Draw a line from the horizontal-diameter-thing of the oval. This is the browline.
*Men's brows will be about on this line, or if they're angry, just below it. Women have more distance between the brow and the eyes. So the lowest points of their brows are usually about on this line.
* The eyes are a little below this line. IMPORTANTE: Even though women have higher brows, the eyes are in the same place. Don't confuse the location of the brows with the location of the brow line.
-Draw a line from the base of the oval. This is the lowest point at which the nose connects to the face. Note: Some people have upturned noses, and some people have noses that point down. So this might not be the lowest point of the nose but it is the lowest point at which the nose and the face are attached, if that makes any sense.
-OK. The "sections" you just drew are thirds of the entire face. The chin line is one more third down. So make a fourth line that's about evenly spaced with the others. You should have three sections that are more or less equally tall. It doesn't need to be perfect.
-Now draw the jaw. Women often have softer, rounder jaws. I've found that a lot of artists can only draw one jaw shape, or maybe two, but there are lots of different jaw shapes, so bear that in mind.

CONGRATS! You have the basic shape of a head. Now it's time to practice drawing them from different angles.

6) Tilting the lines you draw in steps 1-4, you can draw the head from any angle at all!

And I made a handy-dandy-crappy chart so you can see the lines and how they relate to the features and stuff.


Hope you found this (really long!) tutorial helpful! :/
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arruhuljadeed Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015
thanks fr the tutorial.
Davian714 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This tutorial is far more helpful than you give it credit for ;)

One question though, if you don't mind: I have trouble drawing female heads/faces, all my female faces end up looking male (most like creepy cross dressers o.o; ). You said "Don't confuse the location of the brows with the location of the brow line." Could you elaborate a little on that? Do the brows of women usually fall above the brow line? Or maybe men's brows fall below it?
TheLearningArtist Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
The line is more like a guideline for where the brows go, since brows can move around and change shape depending on the person and their expression. Woman typically have higher brows. I find that often, the outer corner of the brow touches the brow line. With men, the brows are often lower. I find the inner corner of men's brows will touch the underside of the brow line.
Davian714 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, that's really helpful! =D
Kirassvaeri Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually I think it's very helpful, thank you for making it!
TheLearningArtist Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Why thank you!
Kirassvaeri Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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