Have trouble drawing people? Here's a way to get a good likeness in a hurry.
|Robbie, by Carol L. Douglas|
Most artists don’t have trouble drawing individual features. They run into trouble hooking all those parts up into a plausible whole. Sadly, a person’s likeness starts with the overall structure of their head, not with the details. This is a fast and easy way to measure features so you get them straight. The hardest part, I think, is that I'm showing you in words and pictures instead of in person. But if you take the time to practice it, your portrait drawings will improve.
This is a repeat of a blog post from 2018. It’s based on an old photo of Sandy Quang I found on my laptop. In real life Sandy is almost always laughing. However, I’m not sure that the American selfie grin is the best thing to immortalize in paint.
|The angle from the bottom of the nose to the pupils is the most important measurement in the face. Check, double check, and then place dots where it intersects with your eyeball line.|
|This triangle is the most important measurement in the whole face.|
|Throwback Sandy, by Carol L. Douglas|
This is a system that works, but you'll need to practice it a few times before it feels comfortable.