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    Unhappy how do you draw faces????

    :confused: I need to know how to draw faces cos I just cant
    especially eyes:bash:
    necessity is the mother of invention
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    practice.
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    Exactly! And use reference while you are learning.
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    Well, practice is the most important thing. But, go to the library and check out some books on drawing. They'll have them.
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    Look for pictures of faces (you can find them anywhere online.. corbis.com, gettyimages.com are good places for all kinds of pictures). Study them and the proportions of the face, draw them. Alot.

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    Yeah, well. It's kinda hard to TELL how to draw faces, it's actually quite impossible to tell how to draw anything (that's why I find more help from the pictures of tutorials ). My advice is also that you will study human face. Get familiar with some pictures of faces, and try to do some copies. Soon you will know some basics and you can start developing it to your own creation. Trust me, practice makes a master.
    But I could say one thing about eyes. The thing is DEPTH. Don't just make a ball with a spot in the middle, try it like this: eye, two light reflections on it, then the iris (you can make some stripes on it to add realism) the the pupil. I know it sounds a little complicated (perhaps I'll make an example picture sometime). But study, study is the key.

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    At school we're following the next technique: one of us pose for the rest of the people, and they have to draw a portrait in 15 minutes. We're not looking for have a perfect "photo" of the guy is sitting to be drawed. Instead of this, we concentrate in blocking the masses, and drawing aid lines to help us putting each thing in this correct place.

    If you are newer, try to sketch the face using straight lines, not curves. And try to keep it as simple as you can, specially at the beginning. Use references, and draw what you see, not what you know. It's difficult, but you can achieve best results

    Good luck!
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    Well, first I reccomend you focus on individual portions of the face. Like draw ears all day, from different people (photo or life), at tons of different angles. This should provide you a general understanding of the shape of given feature. After they're all done, read a tutorial on proportions and allignment in the face. This will provide you with general knowledge of where to place the features. Then draw from life! Self portraits ROCK! (Don't worry, they won't look like you for a long time, unless you're really good) Do them all the time, and try to start with guidlines. Throw down a line for the chin, then throw down lines for the angle of the jaw, the a few intersect lines to show the alignment of the face. This'll not only help on making the face look real, it'll also give you more control over the size of the face. And I've always found charcoal to be better for self portraits, at least for me. Have fun.
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    how about I send in summat I drew and you crit it?:bash: :iws:
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    Sounds like a plan. Maybe you're not having the terrible problems you think you are; perhaps all the parts are there, and you just need a small nudge in the right direction.

    For example, take the following image:

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    One thing you can do, to see the relationships more clearly, is load a "face" photo into Photoshop, get rid of the color (Image>Mode>Grayscale), so you're working B/W, and then do a few Filters on the image:

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    Filter>Artistic>Cutout
    This will reduce the shading to a managable number of tones, 4 by default. This makes seeing the shapes of the image much easier.

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    Filter>Stylize>Find Edges
    This "traces" the image, allowing you to see not only the edges of the forms, but the boundaries between the different shades as well.

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    These two filters alone are excellent learning tools. Beginners often face troubles in drawing because their vision brings them far too much information, and they don't know where to start in recording it. Try these reductionist Photoshop techniques. They work in other programs as well (such as PhotoPaint).

    Hope this helps!
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    GAHHHHHH!
    ive always known about those filters, but never thought to use them like this, as a learning tool

    hedge, thanks so much for that tip
    i owe you beer :chug:
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    I'll take it!
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    Use a mirror to check your drawings symmetry. Thats a big help to me.
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