Common Face Drawing Mistakes Artist Makes

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Now that you’ve learn how to draw the individual features of the face, I’d like to give you some general tips and advice on drawing faces in order to save you some time and frustration.

These are common mistakes that I’ve made myself or have seen other people make, so if you find yourself making them too, don’t feel bad. Just correct it and move on.

Here we go:

Common Face Drawing Mistake #1: Not Keeping the Entire Picture in Mind

I really struggled with this one when I was starting out. I would look at the model picture and begin drawing right away starting with the eyes and ignoring the rest of the picture.

The problem with this is that soon the proportion of my drawing became out of wack. My nose would be to big or my lips would be to long.

And worse, I would find myself running out of paper before the drawing is even complete.

This is because I did not plan ahead. Don’t make the same mistake. Before you start drawing take a look at the whole picture and try to plan out where everything is going to go on your drawing paper.

Make some light markings or rough shapes to help you keep everything in place. This will also make it much easier for you to get your proportions right.

Common Face Drawing Mistake
Common Face Drawing Mistake

Common Mistakes When Drawing Faces #2: Being Frozen by Fear

There’s nothing worse than staring at an intimidating blank piece of drawing paper and not know where to start. Or you might be so scared of making mistakes, wanting your drawing to be perfect, that you erase every stroke as soon as you make them.

We’ve all been there and it sucks. It’s a waste of time. It’s frustrating. And worse, it makes drawing not fun!

So here’s my advice. Before you start drawing, warm yourself up by doodling on a piece of scratch paper. Then try to make a quick sketch of whatever it is that you want to draw. Just let yourself go, be crazy, and don’t worry about making mistakes.

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You’ll find that after making this rough sketch, you’ll have a much easier time drawing it and you’ll have more fun too!

Common Mistakes When Drawing Faces #3: Relying on Photographs and Not Drawing From Real Life

I was guilty of this too. I just thought, “Why bother drawing from real life, it’s just the same as a photo anyway.”

But it’s not. Real life subject gives you so much more to work with in terms of lighting, angle, perspective, and so much more.

It was when I started to start drawing from real life that I saw a big improvement in my drawing skill. So if you haven’t try it already, pick a real life subject and try drawing it. It’ll probably be kinda bad, but hey, it’ll be a start. And you’re just going to get better and better.

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