Learn to Draw People - Drawing the three Quarter View




Drawing the Three Quarter View

We'll draw this smart looking guy

Sketch in the contours of the face

Start to create some shadows on the face

Finish the drawing by shading in the final details

Let's take a look at how I drew the dude with the shades. First, I think it's a good idea that when you draw a portrait you should do a light contour sketch of the main features like the eyes, nose, mouth, hairline, and a contour of the head. If you do all your measuring with this contour sketch, and get all your proportions correct, all you have to do to finish the drawing is shading. If you work out all the features that will get "squished" with the contour sketch, you won't be doing too much erasing after you've put in the shading.

I did all the basic measurements and used his right eye as my standard unit of measurement. Some of the unusual measurements I took because of the three quarter view were: From the corner of his right eye to the front of his ear, and found that it was about the length of the right tear duct to the outside corner of the left eye. From the edge of the left nose lobe to the outside edge of the left cheek, was about on eye wide. I found that this photo is shot from an angle so that the camera is looking down on him, and because of that the eyes were NOT at the midpoint of the head, but slightly below.

Once I got all the measurements correct and I liked the lines I had drawn, I put a neutral tone lightly across the whole face. I also did some initial shading of areas that I knew would be darker than the neutral gray. This made the face look a bit darker than it looked in the photo, but I figured that was because the hair on my drawing was white which made the skin look darker than normal. I figured once I colored in the hair, the face would look better.

I had some trouble getting the glasses the shape I wanted them, but I finally got it. I continued to shade things in, putting darker shadows on the left side of the face. I shaded in the hair, and because of the crew cut, it was a lot like drawing short facial hair. I added a little bit of the shirt collar.

When I finished it up, I noticed that his left cheekbone seemed to come out a bit too far, so I chopped a little bit off by erasing away some of the gray tone. After sketching in his hair (using short strokes to emulate his crew cut), it did seem to lighten up his face.

If, in your photo, the background is darker than your subject's face, the drawing may look a bit too dark unless you tone the background of your drawing to be darker than the face. The tone you draw may be exactly right, but it might seem too dark because of your white paper background.

Let's next look at some facial variations and how you would draw them.

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