The Art of Faces: Beginner Portrait Drawing
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  1. Eyes:

    • Begin with the almond shape of the eye. It’s important to note that eyes are not perfect ovals; they have a slightly tapered shape.
    • Place the eyes about one eye-width apart. This can be a helpful guideline for maintaining proper spacing.
  2. Nose:

    • Simplify the nose into basic shapes. Start with a small triangle for the nose bridge and a longer, narrower shape for the bottom part of the nose.
    • The bottom part of the nose can be further simplified into a wedge or a small rectangle, depending on the angle.
  3. Mouth:

    • Break down the mouth into a horizontal line for the baseline. Draw a small curve for the upper lip and a larger curve for the lower lip.
    • Emphasize the natural curves and avoid making the lips too straight. Add a hint of the corners of the mouth for a more lifelike appearance.
  4. Ears:

    • Simplify the ear by breaking it down into basic shapes. A common method is to think of the ear as a slightly flattened “C” shape.
    • Position the top of the ear around the eyebrow level and the bottom around the bottom of the nose.
  5. Proportions:

    • Highlight the importance of proportions in creating a realistic face. Use guidelines such as dividing the face into thirds: hairline to eyebrows, eyebrows to bottom of the nose, and bottom of the nose to the chin.
    • Encourage beginners to experiment with different proportions to convey different ages or styles.
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