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A few months ago, I taught you how to sketch a fashion figure, and this time I’ll be going into detail on how to draw a fashion face.
Unlike with fashion figures, which require exaggerated proportions, the rules for drawing the fashion face are pretty similar to the rules for drawing a realistic one. However, the fashion face is one of the key areas where designers can incorporate their own style.
Below, I’ll show you the step-by-step process of how to draw a more realistic face in a frontal view, then give you some ideas for alternative versions:
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Draw the head by sketching a large circle on top with a smaller circle below. Connect the two with rounded diagonal lines to form the sides of the face. Make sure to draw a line down the center in order to ensure that the face is balanced.
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Draw a horizontal line in the middle of the face. This is the line where the eyes will be illustrated. Mark the size of the eyes on both sides of the vertical center line. Make sure to leave a space in between the two eyes which is the same size as an eye.
Additionally, mark the nose, which is about 2/3 of the way down from the eye line to the chin.
Lastly, indicate the lips by drawing the corners which will be halfway between the nose mark and the chin. The corners of the lips can be determined by drawing a diagonal line from the far corners of the eyes to the chin as seen below.
For the following steps, I have drawn the face to be more realistic on the right and slightly more exaggerated as another approach on the left.
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For the eyes, draw an almond shape, which tapers off into the tear duct at the ends closer to the center of the face. Draw three-quarters of a circle in the center of the almond shape for the iris, leaving about 1/3 of the almond empty below the circle. Next, draw a line for the eyelid above the almond which follows the top line of the eye.
On the left, I enlarged the eyelid, slanted the eye, and extended the eyelash to create a more of a cat-eyed look.
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Draw the eyebrow a bit above eyelid. On the left, I arched the eyebrow a bit more. The eyebrow extends a tiny bit further to the side of the face then the eye.
Create the nose by drawing a “U” in the middle of the line with a second, but more flat and small “U” to each side. The nose should look a bit like a wavy line, with a small hump between each U for the nostrils. Illustrate the lips by marking the bottom (halfway between the corners of the lips and the chin).
Draw a long diagonal line with a small diagonal line going in the opposite direction for the top lip from the center of the face – this will create the cupid’s bow. This line should end similar to where the nostril begin if a vertical line was drawn between the two, they should line up. Shade the top lip, which should be darker than the bottom one and about 1/3 of the whole lip. On the left, I made the top lip slightly more larger and defined.
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Draw a smaller three-quarters of a circle within the iris for the pupil, then shade it in, leaving a little piece of white for the shine in the eyes. Also lightly shade in the iris, which won’t be as dark as the pupil. Begin to shade in the nose to by lightly extending the U in the center in order to add dimension. Lightly draw rounded vertical lines from the eyebrows to the center U of the nose in order to create the bridge of the nose.
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On the right, I shaded the face in more to demonstrate the difference between a more realistic face and a more exaggerated one on the left. For the lips, I left some light space to separate the top lip from the bottom. Additionally, I shaded the bottom of the lip to create its dimensional shape. Unless you want your figure to have lined lips, do not outline the feature, just shade.
Once you master the basics proportions, feel free to play around with different styles. Fashion faces can be more simple and abstract, even ignoring the proportions which make the face realistic, like the examples below (for each side of the face I tried a different style):
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What do you think about the fashion face? What else would you like to learn how to draw or make in terms of fashion? What style of the fashion face do you prefer? Post pictures of the ones you drew in the comments below!
Fashion Sketching: a Step-by-Step Guide to Drawing the Face
1: Draw a sphere, as symmetrical as possible
4: Divide the head in half for the eyes
5: Draw a line halfway between the eyes and bottom of head for the mouth.
6: Mark the eyes. The eyes should be the same on each side. The width between the eyes equals the eye width.
7: Draw the top eyelid and iris.
8: Lightly mark the nose bridge and center indentation of lips.
9: Draw center line of the mouth, ending around inner corner of eye (see dashed line.)
10: Draw the outline of the top and bottom lip.
11: Draw upper and lower eyelids
12: Draw a guideline for the eyebrows. The tip of the eyebrow falls outside the iris.
13: Outline the eyebrows.
14: Draw the bottom of the nose. The nose falls between the eyebrows.
15: Draw the ears and add shape to the jawline.
16: Erase the guidelines.
The first few times you try this exercise, your girl may look heinous. Don't fret if she has cross-eyes, a unibrow, or looks like a straight up goblin. Try again and again until she looks like a queen.
If you’re ready for the next step, see the next post for adding makeup to your girl.
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In this tutorial, you will learn how to draw a 3/4 view face. Drawing the face is part of the sketches that many young artists overlook and skip due to the lack of knowledge how easy and fun it actually can be. Your fashion sketches will look so much better if you draw a nice face for your model so grab the pencils and let’s start!
Time, Tools and Difficulty:
Time to complete the tutorial: 4min
Tools you’ll need: drawing paper, a pencil, an eraser and black inking pen
Difficulty level: 5/10
How to draw a 3/4 view faces in 9 steps:
Step 1: Finding the right size
Draw an ellipse and mark the Centerline of it. The shape of the ellipse is as it was composed out of two equal in size circles one of top of the other.
For the purposes of this tutorial start with a bigger size of the face. Once you learn the whole technique you can scale up and down to any size that you need.
Step 2: Partitions & New Centerline
The face is turned away from the viewer in a 3/4 view and so is the Centerline. To reflect that move the Centerline to the left. The closer the Centerline lays to the outline – the closer to the profile view we get.
Draw a horizontal line in the middle of the ellipse (where the two circles touch). This is the Eye-level line. Now divide each half into 3 equal parts.
Step 3: Draw the nose and the face contour
Use the line underneath the Eyes level line as your guide and draw a small circle. The size of this circle will define how big is the tip of the nose. Connect the leftmost point of this circle with the place where the Eye-level line crosses the New Centerline. Finish the nose by adding a nostril as shown in the illustration below.
Drawing the face contour right is essential for the 3/4 point of view. The line starts straight for the forehead. Next, it goes in at Eye-level forming a small triangular shape. Right under it is the most bulged out section – the cheekbone. Finish it before the tip of the nose. The line continues straight until it reaches the point where the New Centerline touches the ellipse.
Step 4: Draw the jawline
Moving on to drawing the jawline. Notice that the chin takes the space between the two Centerlines and then the line goes smoothly up. Be careful with the angle of the jawline. If it is too vertical the face will look severely slim. If it is too soft, following the ellipse the face of your model will become chubby. About 45 degrees angle is what you’re looking for. The line ends at the nose level.
Step 5: Mark the eyes and the mouth
The features go into perspective in 3/4 view and this should be shown not only in the way the nose is drawn. Slightly touching the paper with your pencil mark the place of the eyes and the mouth. Notice that the eyes lay on top of the Eye-level line and that part of the left eye is covered by the nose making it appear smaller. The right eye should not be too close to the nose NOR to the outline.
The mouth shape is almost touching the left outline and doesn’t go past the original Centerline.
As for the eyes size – make each of them about 1/4 of Eye level width.
Step 6: Draw the face features
In fashion design sketches the face features are a little exaggerated but we still need to stay true to reality to make the face look attractive.
Draw the right eye as usual ( check out the “How to draw fashion eyes” tutorials for more tips on that). The left eye’s inner corner is covered by the nose and the outer corner is not visible because of the view angle. This will make it appear smaller. Make sure you have the same pupils and iris size as the other eye!
Divide the mouth ellipse guide into two halves: upper and lower lip. Use the New Centerline to guide you. In “How to draw sexy lips” tutorial and “Drawing the lips” Friday tip you will find more tips and tricks.
Pay attention to the shape of the mouth. The right half of it appears shorter because it is in perspective. Use the new Centerline to find the middle point of the mouth.
Step 7: Draw the remaining details
Add brows in your preferred shape right above the eyes, Notice how the left eyebrow is cropper – the outer part of it is not visible. Mark the right side cheekbone and the skull. Finish the skull before it touches the jawline. This space is needed for the neck
Step 8: Draw the neck and the ear
In fashion design sketches necks are drawn longer and slimmer than real life. It still needs to be in proportion with the whole head so pay special attention to it. A poorly drawn neck can ruin the impression of the beautiful face you’ve created.
Next, add the ear. The shape of it is nor a half-moon – it is irregular the top part is wider than the lower.
Step 9: Customize your model
Use the “How to draw the hairline” tutorial to guide you on the shape of the hairline and create a hairstyle of your liking. Different hairstyles and accessories will give a unique look to your model each time. Play with it and have fun!
Hopefully, this face drawing tutorial was useful to you! If you haven’t already check out the “How to draw profile face” and “How to draw a fashion face” to learn how to draw the face from different angles and add diversity to your sketches.
Did you enjoy this tutorial? If so, go click on the button below and enhance your skills further with my full online course on ‘How to Draw Faces‘!
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Drawing Faces in Fashion Illustration
If you are drawing fashion figures just for design purposes it is not even necessary to draw a detailed face. You can leave it blank or add a signature detail like huge eyelashes and nothing else or just big bold red lips and cover the rest of the face with hair.
But when it comes to fashion illustration it really is important to learn to draw faces properly. A beautiful face will complement an outfit greatly and can even evoke different emotions with viewers.
Step by Step Drawing a Fashion Face
The first thing you have to have in mind is that the face is actualllly an oval or egg shape. In fashion it is common to draw a simplified face that will complement the clothing your fashion figure is wearing. You can convey moods, attitudes or other expressions with your face drawing but it should be pretty much simple and straight forward.
The main thing to pay attention to is the symmetry of the face and you can achieve that easily with some practice. The features of the face are approximately similar in size.
I would usually draw face first but after reading some useful educational books, I came to a conclusion that it is better to leave the face for the end of your illustration so you can put much needed attention into making it flattering and seductive.
Start With an Oval and Marks
Begin your drawing by sketching an oval and divide it in half vertically and horizontally. Ad the face is not flat your divider lines will slightly bend toward the side of the face.
The horizontal line represents the eye level and the distance between the eyes will be exactly one eye-width.
Divide the distance between the eyes and the bottom in half again and that line will represent the bottom of the nose.
If you divide the distance between the nose and bottom of the head you will have the bottom of the mouth on that line.
Add Details to Your Fashion Face
The bottom of the ear is placed on the line where your bottom of the nose is an the top of the ear will be in the eye level.
The jaw starts below ears and tapers in both sides until it meets the chin. The chin and mouth should be approximately the same size.
Your hairline will be approximately 1/8 head length.
If you want to work more on drawing fashion faces, take a fashion magazine and choose 5-10 face views and practice drawing and shading them.
The easiest way to draw a side view of a fashion face is to start with drawing a rectangle.
Divide the rectangle in half horizontally and divide the bottom half in half again. You should also divide the rectangle in half vertically. Add an arc where the upper back of the head will be and mark where your chin will be elongated in the front.
The slope of the nose goes halfway down the head and it has a triangular shape, curving round into the upper lip. In the side view mouth will have a heart shape an the corner of the mouth aligns with the front of the eye.
The eye will sit halfway down the head and has a shape of a wedge with eyelid and eyelashes visible.
I find the side view to be more difficult than the front view but practice makes things much easier and after 10-20 sketches you will get into it without a problem.
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.Fashion Faces Tutorial 1: Drawing Front Views: Male \u0026 Female
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