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Face Drawing Tutorial
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Published: September 27, 2010
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Hey! I've finally decided to make a tutorial:D Well, I already had some of the material so I just needed to assemble it.

It's about drawing faces. I've made a lot of traditional portraits in the past (can't really show you much here because they belong to the people who commissioned them and I don't have their permission and sometimes I just didn't take photos). Because of that some people came and asked me how to draw faces and wanted to take "lessons" so I had to start thinking about how it works. Now I took the time to put it all together for you in a nice tutorial. It's not the invention of the wheel but it may be helpful for some.

I used my own traditional and digital drawings plus some free ressources from wikimedia commons, cgtextures.com and dreamstime.com .

P.S.: Click "download" for correct size = clear text.

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1000x6000px 3.71 MB
Adobe Photoshop CS4 Windows
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HitARTfr's avatar
Good morning,

Your tutorial is awesome. Could we translate that and publish on our store blog ?
We have great french community


Have a nice day :)
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Shokai's avatar
Shokai|Hobbyist Artist
This is SO helpful! Thank you so much!!
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dixiekasilke|Hobbyist General Artist
Very concise and helpful! :D 
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jkseraphim's avatar
How do you erase the circles without taking away your progress? I never know how it is done.
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MyVIVI-N|Hobbyist General Artist
I love the face perpective part. Thank you so much!
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ParanoiiidA| Traditional Artist
Great tutorial, simple and easy to understand!
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Dk-Raven|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for this, just wanted to ask, this posemaniacs.com site, do those models lag/load forever for you too or am I just missing a plug or something?
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majestic-glory|Student General Artist
this is a godsend!! i've only just started doing proper realistic portraits for friends and family and although they turn out ok there was always something missing. I think this is going to help me immensely 
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johndaleski's avatar
This is the best tutorial for drawing the face.
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SilentShadowsHeart's avatar
Thank you so much for this. It was explained in such a simple way that I feel I can make a face. This has been extremely helpful to me.
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fuzen9kirai|Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so muchhh for sharing this
i can draw a realistic face right away!
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AkiHiroArt|Hobbyist Digital Artist
This realy helpt me ty!
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Derkna's avatar
Very helpful thank you very much!
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AmazingAminata|Hobbyist Interface Designer
It's beautiful :O 
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lupina015|Hobbyist Filmographer
niiice! Thank you very much :D
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PeaTree-Creations|Hobbyist Photographer
This is brilliant! I'm taking a human life drawing course, and we're focusing on the human face now, and I'm having a difficult time. This tutorial is extremely helpful. Thank you for sharing!!
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Thanks for this! :)
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"Between the eyes there's almost enough space for a third eye, and between eye and the side of the face theres space for about half of an eye."
"Below the circle add about the radius of the circle (3). Horizontal line at 1/2 is for the eyes."
"The eyes form a triangle and they're about one eye-profile-size away from the bridge of the nose."
THANK YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU SO MUCH! :love: I've been looking for guides like those for AGES!
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CrazyMira|Student Artist
I love you. SO MUCH. For this.
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zeromath|Student General Artist
thank you. 
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sfxon's avatar
This is an awesome piece of work. Thank you!
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ANegativeOptimist's avatar
thanks for sharing- this was/is really helpful! :boing:
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