Portrait art tutorial - lesson on the basic structure & proportions of the face.

Face Structure

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Egg shape

There is a need to really emphasize this egg-shape thing. See this egg shape ilustration? Pretty egg-shaped, isn't it? Yup. That's an egg shape, all right.

Diagram - face, egg shaped

Well, here's the above egg-shaped illustration, with a rough portrait sketch underneath. It's the same egg shape as above, but with a drawing underneath. This further illustrates the basic egg shape of the head.

While all faces have a basic "egg shape," some are more "squarish," others are "heart-shaped," others are longer, shorter, whatever. The human head does has some variations. So, while always keeping the "egg shape" thing in mind, make sure to make note of the individual quality of the head you are drawing.

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