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THE BASICS OF DRAWING THE FACE

For this section you need un papel (paper), lined or plain blank. Necesitas un lapiz (you need a pencil) y una goma (and an eraser). Don't forget, necesitas a coin or some way to make a small-medium circle. The largest size I suggest should be smaller than your hand with plenty of room on the paper if you feel like it. It's best to start small, like nickel penny quarter sizes before you draw bigger things. Oh! Y necesitas A FLAT SURFACE to draw on! Haha, just reminding you, just in case you're so excited that you forget!

THE FRONT

The image to the right should be self explanatory. You get a coin and draw a circle, cross it, then start drawing the jaw.

Important Note: The jaw is vital to what kind of character you are drawing. The character can be drawn with the same clothes and eyes but will not look the same as the original drawing if you don't get the jaw right. That and the position of the facial features.

Children are likely to have a jaw that is extremely close to the the circle because they have round heads. Adults are often found with longer, matured faces with smaller eyes. Why? Well, your eyes don't grow when the rest of your body does...


THE THREE-FOURTHS VIEW

Important Notes: The eye farthest away from the viewer is more narrow (not smaller). Also, if you are left handed, don't worry about copying the example I have. Just make sure you follow the steps, except facing a more comfortable direction (the opposite). Be careful with your lines, they should all be somewhat curved.

The positioning lines should bend, or curve, in the direction you want the head to face. For the 3/4 view, straight left or right. Drawing the nose first for this view helps you visualize where everything else is in relation with it and the jaw (nose is the center of the head pretty much see).


THE THREE-FOURTHS VIEW

Some people have difficulty with this view as much as the 3/4 when they first start to draw. But after a filling a page with your practice of it, skills will improve and you'll eventually get quicker and the lines become easier to flick and sketch. Don't give up!

For the profile, the position lines kinda shift. The eye-line is something that actually goes around the head so it's left where it is. The center-line is moved dramatically to the side. The line one normally doesn't see from the front is the ear line, wich decides the end of the jaw. By the way, you can use the ear-line on the 3/4 view but it's not necessary unless you want to check yourself (drawn before jaw).

Important: You'll want to draw it with the front in mind. The jaw of the profile shouldn't fall too far or come to close to the circle in contrast to the front view. So watch it! Once again the jaw is crucial.


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