Finish the eye with flair

Sketches Eye With Colorful Iris

Back to the step-by-step demonstration. You will need to incorporate all of the lessons from the last few pages, so don't be afraid to go back to the information at any point. To keep the circle of the iris neat, leave the circle template in place initially as you shade. After filling in the black pupil, fan outward with a dark pencil to keep it from looking so stark. Go around the outside of the iris (with the circle template in place), and fan inward for the same reason. Pay close attention...

Drawing Eyes

Photo by Kelly Dulanty 12 x 9 (30cm x 23cm) So much has been written about the eye. Henry Theodore Tucker-man wrote, The eye speaks with an eloquence and truthfulness surpassing speech. It is the window out of which the winged thoughts often fly unwittingly. It is the tiny magic mirror on whose crystal surface the moods of feeling fitfully play, like the sunlight and shadow on a quiet stream. Given that the eye is indeed the window of the soul, artists need to get the window right.

Acknowledgments

How Draw Realistic Female Figures

I feel like I should say thank you to every person I have ever met. However, if I indulged this idea there would be no room for the rest of the text in this book. Instead, I'll try to concentrate on the folks who made this possible, and I hope that the rest of the world will understand. The level of my gratitude is not to be measured by the location or order of the names. I am indebted to North Light Books, starting with Rachel Rubin Wolf, who gave me the chance to write this book. I am so...

Compare

Hand Drawn Realistic Faces

A tool for seeing shapes more clearly by tracing that shape from the photograph, tracing your own drawing and comparing the two shapes as line drawings. A tool for seeing shapes more clearly by tracing that shape from the photograph, tracing your own drawing and comparing the two shapes as line drawings. It's often a struggle to make a drawing and a picture look alike. This is especially true when you are drawing a family member. It may be that the mouth is causing the difficulties, so you draw...

Invert

Realistic Face Drawing

A technique for seeing, shapes by turning, the line drawing you're trying to copy upside down. A technique for seeing, shapes by turning, the line drawing you're trying to copy upside down. Another way to learn to see shapes is to invert, or turn, the line drawing upside down. Sometimes the mind can't make heads or tails (pardon the pun) of the picture you want to draw, so instead of looking for a specific feature, try completing your drawing using shapes. By working upside down, as shown in...

Locate and measure the eye

Horizonta Line Eye Level Drawing

You will need a ruler, a circle template, a pencil and an eraser to do this exercise. Draw a line 7Vinches 19cm long. Break it up into iVinch 4cm sections. This will become an imaginary line running across the eyes. You learned earlier that there are five eyes across the average face an eye between the side of the face and the eye, the eye itself, an eye between the eyes, a second eye and the space between the eye and the side of the face. When you draw a horizontal line through the eyes, from...

Values Lines

Realistic Faces Drawing

A tool for understanding values lines in which the closer in value two shapes are to each other the less a line is needed to separate them. A close examination of the eyes, for example, will show us that the bottom lid is a shelf. This shelf picks up light and is light in color. You see it often because it is actually lighter than the so-called white of the eye. There are no lines on the bottom lid it's a series of value changes. Now we will delve into the deep, inner psychology of art, asking...

A word about bridges

How You Draw Realistic Nose

You've looked at the tip of the nose. Now study the start of the nose, the bridge. The nose begins in the forehead. I know that may seem obvious, but I have seen some drawings where the nose is connected to the eye. Some noses are on the same plane as the forehead. Some noses dip inward at a point below the eyebrows, while others are very flat across the bridge or protrude like the bow of a ship. Artists create all the shape of the bridge of the nose by shading. If you identify the shape of the...

Flatten

Realistic Faces Drawing

A tool for Seeing a three-d'mens'onal Shape more clearly by closing one eye to level the 'mage 'nto two d'menS'onS. A tool for Seeing a three-d'mens'onal Shape more clearly by closing one eye to level the 'mage 'nto two d'menS'onS. You previously learned how to take a three-dimensional image in front of you and transform it into a two-dimensional image on your paper by closing one eye. This is true for finding the site or location of an object as well as the shape of an object. A facial...

Simplify and Relate

Realistic Figure Drawings

A tool for earning to See shapes by Seeking the simplest expression of that shape in the form of a straight or curving line. A tool for earning to See shapes by Seeking the simplest expression of that shape in the form of a straight or curving line. A tool for earning to see shapes by using one shape to help see a second shape. In chapter two, I mentioned that children find drawing cartoon and comic strip characters easy. This is because the drawings are outlined with black ink. The simple...

Measuring

Realistic Line Drawings Objects

Any object in front of you is measurable. Most people have been taught to measure an object by comparing it to something they know. Traditionally, you may compare something to a specific measurement, such as a ruler. There is an expression bigger than a bread box though most young people today have never seen a bread box. This is a comparison. Everything in front of you can be compared. An object is either the same size as, larger than or smaller than something else. Using a map as an example,...

Ing for accuracy

Realistic Faces Drawing

The final general drawing principle is to check your work for accuracy. As you work, your mind is processing and placing your drawings into patterns of perception. After a fairly short amount of time, you will no longer really see your work. You need ways to break that pattern of perception. It's like proofreading something.You tend to miss the typos and other errors, but you can correct this by having someone else read it or by reading it aloud. Many artists already use one or more techniques...

Isolate

Realistic Faces Drawing

To see shapes by studying individual shapes Separately. To see shapes by studying individual shapes Separately. When I was a little girl, I loved horses. I loved to ride horses, and I loved to draw horses. I was very fortunate because I lived on a 680-acre ranch where we could have lots of horses. Like the drawing on the right, my first efforts at drawing a horse were typical of a young child. I knew the horse didn't look like my drawing, especially the hooves. I could see horses' hooves. I...

Ing different types of hair

Drawing Realistic Faces

Hair may be fine, coarse, thick or thin, straight or wavy and a host of other appearances. You can draw many of these variables by varying the thickness of the pencil lead and using different grades of lead. Draw thick, coarse hair with a blunt 6B pencil. Use a sharp HB lead for fine hair. Children's hair is usually fine, so make sure your pencil point is sharp. As shown in this series of steps, use your pencil to comb the hair. Lay your pencil strokes the direction the hair would be growing or...

Question

Realistic Faces Drawing

A tool for Seeing va lue changes by asking, yourself why you See a particular Shape. If you don't See it, don't draw it If you See it, there iS uSually a value change. I have stressed throughout the book that you need to be looking at your subject in order to draw it. Even though you are looking at it, your mind will provide information that simply isn't there or isn't true. Most errors occur when the artist loses faith in the viewer. The artist thinks the viewer will not be able to understand...

The structure of the head

Outline Facial Bones With Skull

I have developed a different attitude toward drawing heads ever since I completed a facial reconstruction class by Betty Pat Gatliff. This remarkable woman has spent years teaching and creating three-dimensional facial reconstructions. She sculpts with clay directly over the skulls of unidentified people, as shown in the drawing. Handling skulls, even if they're plastic ones you can purchase through art supply stores, is a wonderful way to understand the structure of the face. Generally...

Stepbystep shading technique

Pencil Shading Technique

Using the right pencil hardness, pressure and stroke make a terrific difference in your shading. You cannot go back and try to blend a zig-zag black line done with a 6B lead. You will end up with a zig-zag smudge. Start with an HB pencil. Using the side of the face as an example, evenly scribble a smooth, continuous tone next to the line that represents the side of the face. Keep your pencil on the paper and the pressure on the pencil even and steady. Take your paper stump and blend into the...

Ead shapes

Realistic Faces Drawing

To give you a general idea, I have shown some of the most common head shapes. The shape of the forehead is created by the hairline or lack thereof . Foreheads may be high, low, rounded, squared or a variety of different shapes. Cheeks may be prominent, average or sunken. The cheeks generally start below the eye and end near the bottom of the nose. On average, the lower face tends to be divided into three parts between the base of the nose and the chin. The first part is between the nose and the...

Negative Space

Negative Space Drawing

A tool that allows you to see a positive shape solid space dearer by focusing on the negative shape empty space next to it. Negative space is defined as the empty space surrounding a positive solid shape. The whole of a picture is made up of positive and negative spaces or shapes . People normally look at a shape and draw it like a vase or a flower. If the drawing doesn't look right, they wonder how it became distorted. Artists, being the tricky folks that they are, pay attention not only to...

Shade the nose without lines

How Draw And Shade Female Faces

Get into the habit of never using lines to indicate the side of the nose. Avoiding lines on the side of the nose will limit the temptation to leave them in your completed drawing. Create the bottom of the nose with lines. Shade this area, all the while remembering to blend in the lines of the nose. Resist the temptation to leave them in Create the top and sides of the nose with shading only. This will show the distinction between the cheek and nose without using any of those pesky lines. Ask...

Atural artists

Incomplete Realistic Drawing Woman

People I call natural artists are those who, for some reason, have been able to draw accurately without knowing exactly why or how they are able to do this. Generally speaking, this ability seems to be spotty. They can draw some things well and other subjects not so well. Such comments as, I can draw animals and landscapes great, but I can't draw people, are very common. These artists have learned some drawing techniques naturally, but have yet to learn how to change all their perceptions about...

Yelid creases

Realistic Face Drawing

Above the eye, the upper eyelid forms a crease. In the average eye, this looks like a line following the upper eyelid. When the crease is very high above the eye, it's called heavy lids. When it's very close to the eye or doesn't show at all, it's called overhanging lids. Pay close attention to the location, direction and appearance of the upper lid crease. Both the upper and lower lids have a thickness to them, as shown in the drawing to the right. The upper lid's thickness is indicated by its...

Seek

Drawing Realistic Faces

A tool for seeing a particular shading pattern by seeking out round objects in your subject. I have a confession My husband, whom I adore, loves the banjo. There, I've said it. He studies the banjo. He plays banjo and bluegrass music in my presence. He takes banjos apart. He knows who made what banjo, the year each was at its peak and every major banjo picker in the world. Rick can walk into a music store, a pawn shop, a garage sale, an attic or a living room, see a banjo and know everything...

Rstanding shading tools

Face Drawing Shading

To understand shading, you need to know three things What to look for, how to evaluate what you're seeing and any useful techniques to make your drawings better. The only additional tip for shading your drawing is practice. Shading involves hand-eye coordination. Emerging artists have trouble with shading not because it is more technical or difficult they struggle because it requires new physical skills that come with practice. Shading involves training the eye to see what artists call value...

Train your mind

Realistic Train Drawing

Learning to recognize shapes in a photograph or image takes training. You need to train your mind what to look for. Once you become aware of something, it's easier to see it. For example, when you are buying a new car you spend time studying the cars on the market. You then go to a dealer and look over the selection. You might fall in lust with a particular model and color. Afterwards, it seems like everybody has the car you were looking at. Did everyone suddenly go out and buy the same car No,...

Drawing so hard

Drawing Face Space

Before you continue in this book, I strongly advise you to complete a pre-instructional drawing. This is a yardstick by which you will see improvement in your skill level of drawing. As your drawing skills improve, your knowledge of drawing leaps ahead of your actual ability to draw. It is easy to become frustrated by your apparent lack of progress. Yet, in fact, your abilities have improved tremendously. Tracking progress by using pre-instructional drawings will help you see clearly what you...

One shot

Nose Study For Drawing

Look at your photo and try to find the multiple shapes that make up the nose in that one image. Drawing a nose will become much easier once you have identified all the indi vidual parts that create the total image. Note I am referring to the average nose in the following description. The site of the nose is contained within a rectangle that begins in the forehead. It is as wide as the inside corner of the eyes on the female face shown on the bottom left and the start of the white of the eye on...

Drawing Hair

Drawing hair can be interesting, to say the least. Because there are so many hairstyles, this chapter covers just a few general tricks and techniques. In order to make great hair, you should be prepared to spend some quality time with your pencil you are going to be at it for awhile. Dull pencil points make for flat hair, not fine hair. Don't just start scribbling somewhere hair has a start, end, highlights and dark areas. Drawing hair also includes beards and mustaches. You will apply the same...

Ealing with teeth

Drawing Realistic Face

Drawing teeth seems to cause a great deal of grief to some budding artists. This is usually due to the picket fence effect. They draw each tooth as a separate shape and place hard lines between the teeth. If you emphasize the separations between each tooth, your drawing of the mouth becomes distracting and unrealistic. Increase the shading as you move toward the back of the mouth. Don't draw lines to separate individual teeth. Indicate the top shape of the tooth. Don't draw lines to separate...

Flattening and Optical Indexing

How Draw Realistic Male Mouth

When you first used your pencil as a measuring device, you extended your arm and closed one eye. Why did I ask you to close one eye Try it with both eyes open. It doesn't work. It takes both eyes to have depth perception, which you don't want, because you're drawing on a two-dimensional piece of paper. Closing one eye flattens the world around you. Aha You've just established a drawing technique To draw a three-dimensional image on a two-dimensional piece of paper, you must close one eye. The...

The female face

Diana Shiloh And Aynslee Stuart

Female faces tend to be more narrow in the chin and jaw area and have a more narrow nose. The eyes are the same width apart as on male faces. Yet, because a female face is more narrow, the eyes may look larger in relation to the rest of the features. Also, the eyebrows tend to be higher and thinner on female faces. Children have different proportions that change as they grow older this is especially apparent in the face . The lower face grows and lengthens with age. This drawing clearly shows...

Carrie Stuart Parks

Carrie Stuart Parks

Carrie Stuart Parks is an award-winning watercolorist and internationally known forensic artist and instructor. In 1981, Carrie began working as a part time forensic artist for the North Idaho Regional Crime Lab in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Four years later she attended a composite drawing class taught by the FBI, and became the first composite artist in her area. Soon Carrie's peers were asking her to share her knowledge with them. Carrie developed a sure-fire and condensed instructional course to...

Examples of completed eyes

Deepset Eyes Example

So, you think you have learned how to draw every eye, huh Not so fast You must also take into consideration how varying eyelids and eye shapes can change the appearance of irises and eyelashes. Study the next few examples, and see if you can point out the differences between them. Overhanging lids of a person of Asian descent You might have noticed that few poets have waxed eloquently on the nose. Even emerging artists seem to stumble when it comes to drawing noses. If much of this chapter...

The Gentle Eraser

Drawing Realistic Faces

You will quickly notice in this book that I approach drawing faces from a very different direction. It might be easier for you to understand if I share some of the roads I have traveled down to get here. My background is similar to that of most artists. I was originally trained as a commercial artist in the days before computers did all the layout and lettering work. I would sit with my classmates and peer at a table full of junk that the instructor called a still life. It was assumed that we...

Shading the mouth

Lip Shapes Drawing

We could, in a manner of speaking, say that the lips contain five balls, that is, the lips form rounded shapes. These shapes may not appear in many mouths, but if you are sensitive to them, you will seek them when you shade the mouth. Within the lip there are small lines or grooves. Use caution here, as they are usually subtle. Shading in the direction of the lip structure will help you define the roundness of the lips. Though upper and lower lips are about the same shade, artists usually shade...

Yebrows and eyelashes

Realistic Face Drawing

Interestingly enough, a pencil stroke is shaped like a hair fat where it starts and tapering off into a thinner end. Comb eyebrow hair with your pencil place the pencil lines in the direction the eyebrow hair grows. Eyebrows vary quite a bit. Most start at the edge of the eye and end in a line that runs from the nose past the eyes. You generally won't be able to see eyelashes when you look straight on at most eyes. The exceptions to this are mascara-coated...

Drawing Realistic Faces

Proportions Heads And Faces

The ears are an important and difficult feature to accurately draw. They are very detailed and vary greatly from person to person. Learning the parts of the ear early on will save you a lot of grief later you will always know what parts to look for, no matter how much they may vary from person to person. Plus, you can impress your friends with your in-depth knowledge of ear anatomy Learning the parts of the ear early on will save you a lot of grief later you will always know what parts to look...