Exercise: Drawing Your Face
Look at yourself in the mirror and, using your sketchbook draw several five-minute sketches of our face describing different angles of your face and head.
All the facial sketches are on A4 paper in my sketchbook.
Draw five more quick sketches concentrating on the overall shape of the head without the neck. Decide what basic shape it might represent and draw the shape across the page until you think the shape has a sense of rightness.
For both of these one page studies I tied my hair back out of the way so I could really see the shapes of both head and neck.
Draw the shape of your neck repeatedly in your sketchbook.
Notes made on this page relating to the accepted proportional positioning of facial features:
“Tested my facial proportions against those outlined on page 128 of the course notes.
Noted: top forehead/hair-line to centre of eyes does not equate to the halfway point of my face, mine = halfway down my nose.
My ears span the bottom of my eyes to the top of my mouth.
These proportions are approximate not set in stone but the landmarks are useful to judge against one another.”