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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 haven’t 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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Furattii Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is helping me a whole lot! Thank you for putting this tutorial up! :)

Whoo! :clap:
canadianbounty Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really helpful! Thanks for the tutorial!
ScarlettVampy Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for your talent and dedication, this is really useful
Meeweeda Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  New member Student General Artist
A very informative guide, thank you!
thrasherADF Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is an awesome tutorial! Thank you
Toxic-Innocence Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
Whoa, dude, this is really awesome.
horizan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Student General Artist
this is sooo helpful thank you!!!!!!!:happybounce: 
honeypancake Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
O.O genius...Clap 
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!
FictionAddict Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
This is really helpful! Thank you!
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