Learning to draw the human head becomes much easier when we realize that its proportions, or compared measurements can be laid out simply to help the artist find where the features should go.
Lets start with the most important feature: the eyes! The eyes are the center of any portrait both literally and figuratively. The eyes of any portrait will be the spot that gets the most attention, and they are also placed in the center of the head.
In other words, the distance from the top of your head to your eyes is the same as the distance from your eyes to the bottom of your chin. Look at the red lines in the drawing below- they show these proportions clearly.
Check out his video of a drawing of the proportions of the head!
Notice a few quick things about these proportions:
- eyes are right in middle of the head
- eye to chin = eye to the top of head
- human head = 5 eyes wide
- nose = 1 eye wide
- space between eyes = one eye
- mouth= pupil to pupil
- bottom of nose lines up w/ bottom of ears
- straight under the inside corners of your eyes- outside of your nose
- right under the middle of your eyeballs- the corners of your mouth
- neck- slightly thinner than head
Now try a self portrait using these proportions as a guide…