How to draw faces?

How to Draw Faces

Drawing faces can seem like a daunting task for artists of all skill levels. But with the right practice and some tips, you can learn how to draw faces with confident and beautiful results. Here’s how:

1. Start with the Basic Shapes

Start by sketching the facial structure with basic shapes — a circle for the head, an oval for the nose and eye shapes. Keep the curved edges soft and don’t worry too much about details yet.

2. Refine Proportion and Features

Now you can adjust the shapes according to the features and proportions of the person you’re drawing. It’s helpful to work from reference images that show the face you’re trying to draw.

3. Add the Finishing Touches

Now it’s time to add details and finer details to the board — consider:

  • Typical facial features: Eyebrows, lips, nose etc.
  • Hair: Style, texture and color.
  • Background: Skin tone, wrinkle, blemishes etc.
  • Shading: Helps to add depth to your drawing.
  • Lighting: Realistic or dramatic lighting.

Taking the time to refine your pencil strokes can help you make your drawings more lifelike and intuitive. With each completed sketch, practice helps you become more confident and adept at drawing different kinds of faces.

4. Keep Practicing

Drawing faces can seem intimidating at first. But with the right practice and guidance, anyone can learn to draw faces. With each completed sketch, you’ll become more confident and adept at drawing different kinds of faces. So keep practicing and you’ll eventually be able to draw a face that looks just like the one in your reference image.

Good luck and have fun!


Mostafa Saady, Egyptian Software Engineer, supersonic self-learner and teacher, fond of learning and exploring new technologies and science. As a self-taught professional I really know the hard parts and the difficult topics when learning new or improving on already-known languages. This background and experience enables me to focus on the most relevant key concepts and topics.

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