Types and Proportion

Let's start at the top. The head is an oval from the front, rather thinner than it is high. In profile, the head is about as wide as it is high. The back of the skull is rounded and the jaw line curves down to the chin.

As with body types, heads and facial structures come in anthropologically identifiable gradations (what a mouthful—say that 10 times fast):

A dolichocephalic face is long and narrow and has a distinctive convex profile. A brachycephalic face is flatter and wider. A mesocephalic face is squarer and has traits of both.

Try to see past generalities as you draw the beginning shapes of a person's head and face, just as you would with their body type.

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