Some Basic Proportions and Shapes

Look for the specific shapes that make up the features of your subject. For example: Faces are round, wide, narrow, oval, or square. Noses come in lots of shapes and sizes. Eyes are close, wide, deep, small or large, squinty or round. Eyebrows and the bridge of the nose are key transitions. Cheekbones are high or low, prominent or flat. Mouths are wide or narrow, full-lipped or thin. Jaws are wide or narrow, under- or overdeveloped. Ears are small or large, close or protruding. Necks are long or short, thin or thick.

Hairline, type of hair, and cut of hair all identify an individual.

The Art of Drawing

A recent issue of Newsday had an article about Ed Hall, a veteran commuter on the Long Island Railroad, who has sketched his fellow commuters on the train for the last 11 years.

"I love my species," he said of his fascination with the sleeping faces that are his subjects.

Our features are mostly all in the same place, so it's the little variations that make the individual and the expression.

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