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Drawing Realistic Heads - A Guide by Taylor-the-Weird Drawing Realistic Heads - A Guide by Taylor-the-Weird
Since I promised *Lozey some drawing tips, so I figured that I'll go ahead and make a little tutorial for everyone about how I go about drawing heads that aren't cartoons.

This is more the long way I go about doing things. Unless I'm doing a weird angle or having trouble getting a likeness of someone, I'll generally skip mapping out the planes, drawing the eyeball, the mouth muscles, and occasionally the volumetric forms of the nose. It's by no means the only way to draw things. This is just how I go about drawing faces. Hopefully it'll be of some use for you!

No matter what you draw - realism, abstract, anime, or cartoons - it's important to know at least a little anatomy and how to draw the human figure. Having a solid understanding of the basics will help you have a solid drawing, regardless of where you go stylistically.

Drawing and Inking a Picture - a Guide
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JessaEclipse Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for making this! I gave it a whirl and am pleased with my result :))
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InstanitysMasterMind Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this! It's helped a lot!
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TheLearningArtist Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
He looks so sad.
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Wolfgirl5667 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the wonderful tutorial! I especially liked step three; that's not something I usually see on tutorials.
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theENDuniverse Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012   Filmographer
i was wondering if you'd mind this being put in my group [link] for people to use? it's a group for people to go when they need help drawing.
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Taylor-the-Weird Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Sure!
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theENDuniverse Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012   Filmographer
thank you :D
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LuLuchaan Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I love how you did this because you could have drawn a person with perfect features like a see a lot of people do in tutorials but it's like you changed it and it really distinguishes the features from a lot of what i have seen.
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Taylor-the-Weird Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I know EXACTLY what you mean - too many artists seem to suffer from same-face syndrome. I used to have that same problem for years - hell, I STILL fall into that habit a bit with some of my more cartoon stuff occasionally.

I wish that more people would realize that there's more than one way to draw a face, and that "perfect" faces aren't necessarily the more interesting ones. I think that too many people worry about making facial features "beautiful" rather than distinctive, although I don't think that those two things have to be mutually exclusive.
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linHananako Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist
i tried it c: [link]
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HornCartoons Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for this. Very useful and simple since I'm not too great at drawing human heads yet. :)
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Taylor-the-Weird Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome! Just keep practicing - you'll get better, I promise!
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Lilith-the-Giraffe Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
Excellent tutorial! I like it's simplicity, and I'm definitely doing this tutorial in the future! :)
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Taylor-the-Weird Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Art's never easy, but that doesn't mean that it has to be complicated. I'm glad I could help!
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Marcxangfenix Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amaizing
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Taylor-the-Weird Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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spiderlady Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Very nice guide. I like the whole face planes thing.
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Taylor-the-Weird Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Yeah - it's really useful in finding the placement of the features and helps keep a good sense of volume when things are broken down into their most basic components. I'm glad you like it!
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TheMbamoeVectory Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
nice one dude
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Taylor-the-Weird Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Lozey Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is fabulous thank you!
Before this I can see a few steps I used to help myself draw realistically, so this is pretty cool! Thank you!
Ill have to keep all of this in mind, this is fabulous, it truly is, thank you again~
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Taylor-the-Weird Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Glad I could help! I'm not breaking any new ground with how I build up faces - I'm sure you'll see many of the same techniques through other tutorials.

I forgot to mention it in there, but don't forget that if you're drawing a likeness of someone, measuring is important. Look at the face you're drawing and its proportions. How high on the face do the eyes sit? What is the width of the nose in comparison to the width of the mouth? How far down does the bottom of the ear come? It's the little things that help to differentiate one face from another.
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Lozey Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks again.
Your tips are so wonderful, I've never gotten this much help from somebody before so thanks.

Ill be sure to keep everything you've taught me in my mind, I do anyways every time I draw.
Its so much fun drawing faces, thats what mainly fills my sketch book.
I will be looking forward to being able to meet you once again in person!
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Taylor-the-Weird Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It's no problem at all! Like I said - I'm glad that I'm able to help! I look forward to seeing what you come up with.
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Lozey Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As soon as I get my tablet back I will certainly draw and post something on here!
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