Posts tagged face
Posts tagged face
OKAY!! SO I’ve gotten a couple asks about expressions. This is so sloppy and hastily done that I hope you can read my writing and that any of it makes sense?? FIRST OF ALL THIS IS NOT A GUIDELINE It is me giving to you some of my knowledge about how I do expressions. THERE IS NO FORMULA TO IT. EXAGGERATE. EXPERIMENT. Look in the mirror, play with your face, make silly expressions! It’s fun, and you learn a lot through observation. SO PLEASE THIS IS PROBABLY VERY INACCURATE and I’m betting I’m missing some very important points, BUT HERE YOU GO. I sincerely hope I have helped you through your block!!
Nothing new, just something I hadn’t posted directly on Tumblr.
How to contour and highlight your face!
Here is an image I found on where natural highlights are on men and women, a perfect reference for beginning drag kings and queens like me.
guys this is a lifesaver for cosplay! espECIALLY if you’re doing troll/painted up cosplay and want to blend to make your features actually stand out no matter what gender the character you’re cosplaying is
The perfect human face from theperfecthumanface blogspot
i did a super quick facial expression tutorial cuz people suggested it
Quick basic proportion tips for drawing more realistic cartoon faces:
1) The eyes are halfway between the top of the head and the chin. Not the hairline, this is not the top of the head, the peak of the head is a point farther back, hidden in the hair. The tops of the ears usually line up with the eyes, although ears vary in size on different people.
2) The bottom of the nose is halfway between the eyes and the chin.
3) The line of the mouth is 1/3 of the way between the bottom of the nose and the chin. Not half. It’s easy to feel on yourself if you put your fingers to the bottom of your nose and the opening of your mouth, and then from your mouth to your chin, you can feel the distance is much greater for the second measurement. In this particular drawing he’s opening his mouth so the distance is a bit more.
4) The corners of the mouth usually line up to the vertical halfway point of the eyes. (This would be a mouth at rest. A smile can go further.)
5) The eyes are one eye width apart.
These are are just the basic averages, obviously many faces are different but this is the general art standard for making basic anatomical decisions. Note that I don’t make a chart like this when I’m drawing (although I usually draw an eye line), mostly it kind of comes by feel as long as you’re aware of where things are. If something looks off to you, check the measurements. Usually when a face is not working for me, it’s because I’ve placed the lips or nose too low.
And of course, all of this can be disregarded if you’re making more silly looking cartoons. But knowing how a more real version works can help inform decisions when you’re going nuts with style, I especially find that even if I draw big eyes, I still keep them one eye width apart in general.