How to Draw a Human Head, Draw Human Heads

Artist: catlucker / March 10, 2011
How to Draw a Human Head, Draw Human Heads

Step 1.


If you want to start drawing the girl, please go to STEP 10. You can hang with us here to learn to draw the head in PERSPECTIVE! To get that pro perspective look, draw the box --front, sides, and back. Then draw the oval of the head and a center line   

Step 2.


The next picture gives proportions at different views. TOP VIEW: the line across the head marks the ears & the line down the center marks the nose. PERSPECTIVE VIEW: The line across the center of the eyes goes to the top of the ears. FRONT & SIDE VIE   

Step 3.


Here's some fun stuff to check out! A skull! Do you like my skull? It shows the main bones of the head. You can Google or Bing these names to find out more about them. Yeah, it's ANATOMY TIME!!!

Step 4.


X-Ray our girl, and you'll see how her bones look under her skin. Without bones, we would be a pile of flesh. You can see how her eyes fit into the round sockets of her skull. Her eyebrows are above the sockets. And her cheekbones appear on her face    

Step 5.


Check out those names for the muscles! I only recognize two of them by their roots: Front and Oris. Oris has something to do with the mouth. Okay, I'll stop rambling. But for an anatomy study of the head, here's the main head & neck muscles. This hel   

Step 6.


In this picture, you can see how her muscles interact with her face.

Step 7.


This picture represents the planes of the head or face. These planes are a combination of muscle and bone and is covered by a smooth flow of skin over flesh. It can become difficult to see the changes of the planes. As an artist you need to know wher   

Step 8.


Speaking of subtle changes on the planes from light to dark, here is a look at three popular lighting effects. DRAMATIC is made by overhead light. This can be in midday sun or strong moonlight. MYSTERIOUS is made when the lighting comes upward or ben   

Step 9.


Here is how the planes interact with our girl. You can see the changes are very subtle. It is good to practice knowing where these planes are and how lighting makes a difference with your drawing.

Step 10.


Is your mind overflowing with knowledge? You can now relax and put on your artist hat. We're starting the drawing with an oval. Sketch it lightly with a No.2 pencil.

Step 11.


Dissect this oval with a line in the middle. This helps to give an even right and left application of her features.

Step 12.


Add the red curved lines to add mass where her ears will go. They look like ear muffs!

Step 13.


We have a new set of red lines. Sketch them in lightly. The top curved line represents her hairline. Straight line one is a little above her eyebrow arch. The second straight line is from tear duct to tear duct. Forth straight line directly under the   

Step 14.


Simply add the neck, lightly please, boys and girls.

Step 15.


This is how the guidelines will look. Your picture can be close. And if you want, you can continue to draw the shapes to the hair sections and shine. Watch the directions of the hair strokes/lines. There are lines also representing the shading on her   

Step 16.


By erasing the guidelines gently and blending then with your drawing, here's how our girl looks line style. Be satisfied with your picture if this is where you want to stop. You actually have a line styled type of picture. Please enjoy it because it    

Step 17.


This is a little bit from a tutorial I did in Drawing Techniques/Sketching/How To Sketch Faces. This will help when you stroke in her hair with dark lines, feathering them from the dark corner of the hair strand to the white area left for shine. Chec   

Step 18.


If you're wondering how in the world can you make your drawing look more realistic. Shade in small circles with No.2 pencil in the darker areas on her face and neck. Try to match this picture. Do not draw in hard lines on her face. You want a smooth    

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Artist: catlucker
Date Added: March 10, 2011
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Description: I've got some really cool stuff in this tutorial about drawing the human head. In the beginning we'll go over perspective & proportions of the head. Then you'll be able to chew into some good meat... that's BONES, MUSCLES, and PLANES of the Human Head. In the last steps you'll get to draw the girl featured here in the picture. Sounds like fun, right? Well, let's get to the meat and bones of this lesson! Let me know if you liked this. Vote. Comment. Fav it!