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got the chin drawn. And you drew the dimple in the chin,
right? Now we'll draw the sides of the head. Snce her
left side is more visible and not covered with so much
hair, we'll do that side first.
your standard unit by measuring her eye on the photo.
Slide the measurement all the way straight over to the
corner of her other eye. See that the space between the
corner of the eye and the side of her head is just about
an eye wide? Measure that out on your drawing and make a
mark where the side of the head will be. Now draw a
sweeping curve that connects this mark you made with the
chin you previously drew. It's best if you draw from the
temple area to chin rather than chin to temple, the line
you make should be smoother when you draw down. There
aren't any hills or valleys you have to worry about when
drawing this line, unlike when you drew the chin. If you
want to try and draw the right side of her face go
ahead, but it will be a bit tougher because of that hair
that's covering her temple.
define the forehead. Holding your pencil vertically on
the photo, measure from the tear duct of the left eye to
approximately the part in her hair. If you turn that
measurement 90 degrees and put one end of it at the
corner of the left eye, you'll see that it goes about
halfway through the right eye. So on the drawing,
measure from the corner of the left eye to half of the
right eye, turn it 90 degrees up, and from the left tear
duct, measure the forehead. Do you think you could draw
two lines that would define her hairline? Starting at
the forehead mark you made, which is the part in her
hair, draw one curved line down and to the right and
connect to the side of the head you drew. Now try the
other line for the hair. It's a bit curvier, and will
come pretty close to the right eye.
If you didn't draw the right side of the face before,
can you do it now with the hairline drawn to guide you?
the hairless head
Add hair, eyes, and facial shadows
that you have the forehead and the eyes drawn, you can
draw in the eyebrows. Draw a contour line that would
define the shape of the eyebrows, then fill it in. Keep
in mind where the eyebrows start and end in relation to
the corner of the eyes and the tear ducts. This will
help to get the length of the eyebrows correct.
finish up by finding the outside contour of her hair.
You don't have to measure for it, just take a good
guess. Fill the hair in by shading in like crazy. Shade
in the direction of the hair to make it more "hairlike".
Also, if you haven't already done it, draw in her pupils
into the eye shapes you've drawn. The eyes are very
important, so try and make 'em look good. Here, you can
just draw black circles and leave a white spot for
highlights. also put in any additional shadows you need,
like the ones that would define her cheeks.
That's about it! How do you like your caricature of this
girl? If you compare my caricature to the original
photo, you'll see a likeness, but it's not a portrait.
My caricature makes her look a little younger than she
looks in the photo. This is because of what proportions
were changed for the caricature. Notice that in the
drawing her forehead is larger and her jawline is a bit
smaller. Children tend to have proportionally larger
foreheads and smaller chins than adults, so when you
look at my caricature, she looks younger than she really
is. This is a neat trick to do when caricaturing women
you should try and draw some caricatures on your own.
You can find pictures of people on the web, or use your
family photo album again. As with the portrait drawing
you did earlier, you should get large pictures where you
can clearly see the features on the face.
In the next pages we're going to look at each facial
feature more in depth and address some tricks to
caricaturing them. And, of course, we'll draw more