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Have you been trying to learn how to draw faces, but it just didn’t work out?
Maybe you have started questioning your sanity and thinking „Why can’t I draw faces?“.
Don’t fret. I’m here to help!
In this article, I’ll explain 5 beginner mistakes – the reasons why you struggle with drawing faces. And I’ll give you some tips and recommend courses on how to get better at it.
You can’t draw faces because:
You Don’t Understand Correct Proportions
You Lack Knowledge Of Anatomy
You Haven’t Practiced Drawing The Features Independently
You Don’t Approach Faces As 3D Objects
You Don’t Know The Difference Between The Faces Of Men And Women
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Why Is Drawing A Face So Hard?
Drawing faces can seem to be more challenging than drawing other things.
But why is that?
The reason is actually quite eye-opening once you know it: Just think about how many faces you look at during a regular day. Two? Eight? Twelve?
Count them for one day. I bet it’s a lot of faces.
It obviously depends on your work. If you’re a professional bodybuilder, it might just be your own face and body in the mirror … 🙂
But if you work with people (even in an ordinary office job), you will look at a lot of faces every day.
And it’s not just that you see a lot of faces regularly, it’s also the amount of time you look at them. Every time you talk to someone you look at his/her face for most of the duration of the conversation.
Drawing a face is so hard because people look at a lot of different faces every day. Besides, they look at them for long durations of time because most of us look people in the eye during a conversation.
Therefore, you subconsciously know how a face looks right. The slightest drawing mistakes will be visible even to the layman.
The second reason why you struggle with drawing faces is that you don’t know jack about anatomy.
So many artists are in a love-hate relationship with learning anatomy. Yes, me too, I admit it.
Learning anatomy is not always fun. It’s boring dry stuff you have to do to learn drawing well. But unfortunately, it’s also the key to getting really good really fast.
You can master the proportions of the face to the extreme. So much that your faces will look like god himself designed the proportions with utmost care … but if you don’t acquire enough knowledge about facial anatomy, your faces will still look bad.