step by step guideline
When drawing a human side-face, the approach is quite similar to the one of the frontal perspective.
If you haven't yet drawn a human face, please don't feel overwhelmed by all the details here. You get a good overview about the basic guidelines for portrait drawing HERE.
Let's break this down into some simple shapes: 1 ellipse, 1 circle & 4 lines :
In the video below, you will see all the necessary steps to draw this female side-face.
I have additionally broken it down into 6 important facts. These facts here aren't a step-by-step guideline, how to draw a side-face, but they will help you to keep some special characteristics of a side-face in mind:
When drawing a human head from the side, the proportions can defined with these four simple lines that I have shown above. Here are some further tips that are essential when drawing a side-face portrait. Try to avoid these mistakes:
#1 - wrong ear position
the ears have approximately the same length as the middle third of the face (reaching from the eyebrows to the bottom of the nose)
#2 - too big eyes
we tend to draw the eye of a side-face too big - pay attention to this aspect when making the draft
#3 - too distanced eyes
eyes are usually placed nearer to the bridge of the nose than we tend to draw them - this happens very often to my drawing students - and to me as well, for sure ...
#4 - flat back of the head
add a ball to the ellipse at the height of the ear to better define the back of the head
A rough ink sketch can be so fun and expressive, isn't it?
If you want to continue drawing in this rough sketchy style, I have lots of other material for you - like a curly hair sketch, that you can either draw with a ball-point pen or you simply continue with your ink pens...
Hallo, I'm an illustrator and Skillshare teacher from Austria. After great experiences in the Marketing and Database sector, I finally realised that I simply need to follow my enthusiasm and fascination for drawing and illustrating.
What fascinates me most, is this way to communicate without using any words. So expressive, so global. And this leads me to my second fascination about drawing: the exchange with others, with you! In my drawing courses I simply love to see the enormous developments of each participant - initiated by exchange and practice. That's what I like to do here, too.
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