Facial Proportions

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:

  1. eyes are right in middle of the head
  2. eye to chin = eye to the top of head
  3. human head = 5 eyes wide
  4. nose = 1 eye wide
  5. space between eyes = one eye
  6. mouth= pupil to pupil
  7. bottom of nose lines up w/ bottom of ears
  8. straight under the inside corners of your eyes- outside of your nose
  9. right under the middle of your eyeballs- the corners of your mouth
  10. neck- slightly thinner than head

Now try a self portrait using these proportions as a guide…

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5 Responses to Facial Proportions

  1. kev says:

    just what I`ve been looking for, haven`t drawn for years , , so simple once you discover it , thank you

  2. sallystudley says:

    Thank you so much for this full concise guidelines. I have been scouring the internet but most sites will just mention some basic guideposts like an eyes width between the eyes and leave you stranded for answers. You have taken the guesswork out of the equation. I applaud you.

  3. martin says:

    thanks so very much I have learned important things from your lessons guys I appreciate.

  4. Tom says:

    The simplest and clearest lesson. Simplicity is greatness. Thank you.

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