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Author Topic: Facial Features - Head Proportions  (Read 580 times)

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Offline Lord Kesashi

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Facial Features - Head Proportions
« on: December 01, 2018, 09:36:59 PM »
This tutorial is the start of a series where I'll reiterate the curriculum of my Figure Drawing classes except I'll be applying the techniques to use with Anime and stylized work.

Part 1 Basic Proportions
Draw a 2 x 3 box (this box is not an exact measurement)



Split the box in half



Split the box in half again



Take the bottom two rectangles and split them in half. These two lines could be used to determine the neck.



Take the bottom 4 rectangles and split them in half again.



Place the head inside the box. The head should meet the verticle edges of the box just slightly above the halfway point.



Split the bottom half in half again horizontally. This will show us where to place the nose drawn in blue.



Draw the nose within 2 rectangles. These two rectanges make up the width of the eyes drawn in blue. Place the bottom of the eyes under the halfway point. There should be an eye's width of distance between the two eyes and half an eye's distance between the eyes and the perimeter of the box.



Split the very bottom section in half again. This will show us where to draw the mouth.



Split the area under the nose in half again. We'll use this teal line to define where to place the lips. The lips should split along this line. The bottom lip should meet the blue line and the top lip should not reach the nose.



Draw the eyebrows above the eyes following the trail of the nose. We can use the eyebrows as a general guide of how to place the hairline.



Place the hairline following the shape of the eyebrows. The hairline should be more rectangular while the head stays circular.



Use the hairline to see where the roots of the hair should be placed.




Part 2 Manipulate Eye Size and Style

Here I've drawn two additional lines representing the bottom of the eye. How far down you place these affects both how young your character will look and how abstract your style will become.



Here I've drawn the eye in the larger box. Already the character looks much younger.



Here the character looks more like a child. You could also change the nose to make it less prominent and the cheeks to be more prominent. Also children's heads will sometimes be more square than rectangular.



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Re: Facial Features - Head Proportions
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2018, 12:20:01 AM »
Odd, I would put the edges of the lips in line with the pupils. Maybe that's just a me thing.

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Re: Facial Features - Head Proportions
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2018, 06:25:17 AM »
Odd, I would put the edges of the lips in line with the pupils. Maybe that's just a me thing.

That is actually correct for realistic work. But for anime the smaller lips could be a cuter approach. I should've clarified that.