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Easy Way To Draw The Face Using Shapes For Beginners

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Easy Way To Draw The Face Using Shapes For Beginners

Chris Petrocchi, I help artists grow on their journey

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In this tutorial you will discover an excellent alternative to start drawing your portraits if you are a beginner and have trouble with blocking in your drawing. This approach focuses on shapes for the initial block-in rather than planes, and the whole idea is to have you NOT think about what you are drawing in terms of anatomy and features. All that stuff can interfere with what you actually need to see/perceive to get a drawing, any drawing, on the paper. Tip: when you trace over your reference photo you can do it in pencil or ball point pen, or you can trace over it in Photoshop, it's your call. 

After watching this training you will be able to:

  • See shapes better
  • Gain more confidence drawing, draw faster and enjoy it more
  • Understand how to see value and use it more effectively
  • Learn how to block extraneous details that get in your way of making a good block-in

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1. Easy way to draw the face for beginners 1: If you're a beginner at drawing portrait's and you need an easier way in, perhaps this approach might help you. I learned this from the guys over it Love life drawing who have a great you tube channel for figure drawing. Ah, leave a link in the description. But I wanted to share it with you. Now, if you're a beginner, I think it can really help you. So what we're gonna do is we're gonna take these shapes and we're gonna look at, like, the values of the shapes. So we're gonna sign values. This lightest part here is like a value number one Kate the Green part IHS. Now let's let's make this But to the blue part, we're gonna make this three and the red is gonna be this stuff here. So I've got about four values. Highlights are one, and so we're kind of looking for these values owns and we're picking for values, cause that's simple. And when you squint, you can get these things down from an infinite value range or 10 value range down to four value range, and we're gonna look at thes as kind of maps and what you're gonna do is trace over these things trace over the shapes made by values. So the number one shapes. You can kind of see that here's like very highlight. And there's the boundaries pretty clear. And you could see these shapes, right? And we're just gonna go over a member of squinting and comparing you sort of value zones. There's all these little details here, Kane, and let's go to number two. Yes. So these air these little bit darker ones, right? So you're gonna come out with a kind of map of shapes and often times that can help, because shapes are a lot easier than forms. So you'll get really good at looking at values and seeing their flat two D shapes because ahead, anything is made up. Just a Siris of shapes, interlocking shapes, working together to form a picture. Find some more value. Three zones, our value to zones. And so we're just getting familiar. Were just tracing the actual photo. And we're getting familiar with what this thing looks like. So we're going through it like on a trial trial run. This is really good practice. Okay, so let's go with the next one. Value three and so that's gonna be definitely in the shadow. So the 1st 2 were in the lights on the highlight side. Put this whole ear. When I squint down, it just goes into the value number three. Keep these families kind of group the families would get. So here's the border there. And I'm just joining this in blue. But on the drawing, you can just keep it in one in black, right? If you're drawing pencil, you don't need to job this line right here, but I'm drawing it just to make the point of all. This is in one value, even the lips. If I squint down, some of it is value three and some of it's gonna be value for and some of it's in the light . And then the final one is all this. What's looked over? Right. So what do we have? We've got this. Well, looks cool. All right, so now you've been over. You looked at this, you've studied it from the value ranges and the shapes that those values correspond to. And now you can just go ahead and make a drawing from that. Now, if you're having trouble at this point, just just draw a light box. Let's do a box because the head's gonna fit inside of box roughly. Yeah, And you can put a little marquee around this thing, okay? Just messed up with the layer there. Knock this thing back. So is there just in case you need it? And from here, you know, we could put that box also stupid, Kate, that and bring it over to this head and so we can do is just drawn negative shapes as well as positive shapes. Of the negative shapes are the things outside of the head. They're everything other than what you're interested in positive shapes of what you're interested in. Okay, so now we're just going to draw this thing. And the box kind of helps us not go too wide or too narrow, right? Use this something to shoot for. Okay, so I just got a bunch of lines here. You could go just down the side, but she touches, right? And then we've got this come back up here, and the idea is to not draw a face because the face has so much information. And we get intimidated by the anatomy and by complexity. The idea is to just abstract out simple shapes so that you're not drawing a face anymore. You're just drawing shapes and it becomes easier and kind of funner to do this way following this green line. And this helps with your your heights, right? The height of this line, the diagonals, right. And the withs from here to here. Your training, your eye This way. This is excellent training. How far over when does it start? Its descent. And all the while I'm looking. How far down do I go? So when I draw this, I'm looking at the line. But I'm also judging this distance here, right about my eyes bouncing from from the line to this shape in here to see how wide it is here and how narrow it is down there. And I'm also my eyes bouncing down this way to see you know how far down I should make this line. Is it down here where the nose ends? Is it up here? You know how far down should I go? So I'm as I'm drawing at him, my eyes bouncing around, judging the distance from the edge to the contour line. And it takes a fair amount of focused concentration to do this. Maybe it would help if we just took all the color out of this one and just made it just lying's so we can see this simple pattern and shapes a lot more clearly. Another way you could do this. That works really well to get the idea there. No, when you have to. When you learn how to draw, you have to forget the names of things, forget what it is and just look like a dumb Xerox. Right? And you're just taking in raw data of lines right now. I'm telling you, the best way Teoh measure is to use your eyes to train your eyes and your hands together to measure distances, heights, wits and angles. And then you start to get really good at it. I feel really bad at it right now, but you do this and you're gonna get better. It's just like anything you trained get in the gym. It hurts, but you get results because of the into the repetition. You can't not have results. There's some going for big trying to go for big shapes first and then smaller and smaller. Refining facets, breaking it down tryto look at him like triangles, circles and squares. Just say, Oh, there's a square, there's a triangle, there's a trap is away. That kind of simplification makes me the see things clearer and better. You might find that you miss. You know, it's OK. It's gonna be a little messy. Don't worry about it. Just relax. Takes a lot of concentration, but that hand eye coordination that you need so much is being targeted and trained for sure . So if you haven't exercise that used that, that's why it's I'm gonna hurt so you could see that the back of the head doesn't touch the edge of the square, right? I'm just looking at the space in between, right? The leftover space. That's the negative space out here that's negative, Negative, negative. Everything inside the head, it's positive space. So that's when call it pods of space for positive shapes. It's going diagonal that cuts over that. It goes down and then it hits. So this space in here I can look at that right? I can use that negative space to help me that left over space right in there. You can always adjust this stuff always be adjusting cause it's just a series of correcting mistakes. That's all drilling is for me. So my eyes were just bouncing back and forth, bouncing back for seeing what's wider, what's narrower and in relationship to the thing next to it. Is it bigger? Isn't smaller, is it? Is it rounder? Is it square? That's all I'm thinking like a dumb Xerox not thinking any anatomy at all could that was just really complicate stuff. Okay, so now okay, you've got this great line drawing and you can just bring in the reference again. You can go ahead and just put on kind of the idea of the plains, and we'll do that by filling in the values corresponding to each shape. So we'll fill in the number ones and twos and threes and fours etcetera until we have a finished picture. So let's go ahead and do that. Notice how I'm filling in the shapes with flat value, not much modulation in them. We can do that later and introduce value changes to turn the form. But initially we'll just keep it real. Flattened. Simple. Okay, so there it is. And so I want you to try this and see if it works for you. See if it helps kind of release you from the tension of trying. Teoh. You know, when your mind is tentative and your lines are are scratchy and searching because your hand eye coordination isn't there and you haven't observed enough and then you look at a face and you're like, Oh, my gosh, how can I do this? This? Hopefully I can help you just to draw these simple shapes and take a lot of complexity. A lot of the, you know, really intimidation out of it. There, that looks, that looks pretty cool already. Right now, that's that's pretty fun. The next thing you do is just blend your edges. You might get some good results out of that. So I'm hoping that that can help you. If you're having trouble with the planes of the face, you try this method tried a few times, and then post your results and let me know how it went. And, you know, give yourself a weaker to trying this way, practicing because it's gonna take a little while if you haven't done it. You know, if you're used to gritting off a photo and then transferring the grid. You know, then you haven't learned some of these essential skills of just using your hand eye coordination at a higher level. And the only way to gain the skill is to train and train and just do it over and over again and you will grow. You will get these skills. And so anyway, hope that was helpful. And we will see you in the next one. All right, you guys. I hope this video helps you let me know in the comments box below what you thought you can follow me on instagram at draw juice and check out my online porter drawing mentorship and boot camp at www dot draw jews dot com. All right, we'll see in the next one.