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face tutorial by kreugan face tutorial by kreugan
I get requests for tutorials on how to translate real people into more stylized but recognizable versions fairly often, so here is a very wordy/slapped together tutorial for how I study faces! Specifically for how I go about breaking up the face into simple shapes and ratios that are easy to carry over into different styles.

I used Chris Pine because I havenít drawn him before, and I figured it would make the process more genuine.

EDIT: So this has been up for ages and I didn't think it needed to be said, but apparently some people are confused. This isn't saying "just trace a photo"! The tracings here are meant to show how I break the face up into different shapes. Knowing how to see the face as shapes makes it a lot more accessible and easier to portray in different styles. If you simply trace a photo instead of learning how to draw it on your own, you'll have a very hard time injecting your style and energy into it, and the end result will probably be very stiff and lack expression.

Here's a few other examples of how learning to identify shapes and relationships can help you translate faces into different styles, ranging from semi-realistic to way more stylized. And don't be afraid to stress the unique qualities and variety in individual faces!

The Hobbit dwarves: [link]
Charles and Erik from X-Men First Class as X-Men Evo cartoon characters: [link]
Some Thor studies eyeballed from references: [link]
Supernatural sketches done while watching an episode: [link]
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ScarlettVampy Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for your talent and dedication, this is really useful
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Meeweeda Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  New member Student General Artist
A very informative guide, thank you!
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thrasherADF Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is an awesome tutorial! Thank you
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Toxic-Innocence Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Whoa, dude, this is really awesome.
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horizan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Student General Artist
this is sooo helpful thank you!!!!!!!:happybounce: 
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honeypancake Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
O.O genius...Clap 
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VaultedSkies Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is quite a fantastic way to get familiar with facial features. Wow say that three times fast.
I'm definitely going to have to try this out. I've always just eyeballed it, and a lot of times it produces disastrous results.
Thanks for the tut!
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FictionAddict Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
This is really helpful! Thank you!
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zealthebat Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thankyou! This has helped me!!!:D
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rose-pearls Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Bless this post. That's all I have to say.
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