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How to get the head’s proportions right

How to get the head’s proportions right

Artwork and question from Sietske, Drawing Academy student

I struggle to get the proportions right from the side view. Can you please give some advice. I especially struggle with the ear placement.

How to get the head's proportions right

Thank you

Feedback from Vladimir London, Drawing Academy tutor

Dear Sietske,

Thank you for your drawing.

Every model is different, therefore proportions will differ as well.

However, there are some universal measurements you can do to place an ear correctly:

1. Check the top edge of the ear in relation to the eyebrow line.

How to get the head's proportions right

2. Check the bottom edge of the ear in relation to the base of the nose.

How to get the head's proportions right

3. Check the distance from the eyebrow to the ear in relation to the height of the nose.

How to get the head's proportions right

4. Check the tilt of the line where the ear connects to the head.

How to get the head's proportions right

5. Check the relationship of the lower jaw and the ear placement.

How to get the head's proportions right

6. Check how many times the width of an ear fits into its height.

7. Divide the height of the ear into three equal parts and check what parts of the ear those divisions encompass.

How to get the head's proportions right

You will find more about how to draw an ear here:

https://lifedrawing.academy/drawing-lessons/how-to-draw-ears

There is much more to learn about proportions of the head and placement of the facial features.

To learn how to draw portraits from life, memory and imagination, enroll in the Life Drawing Academy course:

https://lifedrawing.academy/pricing

I hope this helps.

Kind regards,
Vladimir

Reply from Sietske, Drawing Academy student

I’m very impressed with the thorough and quick feedback. It inspired me to make the changes and also try to find my mistakes myself.

How to get the head's proportions right

Correcting mistakes also improved likeness. I tried to imagine the structure of the skull and muscles underneath the skin.

Thank you
Sietske

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  1. Sietske says:

    Thank you very much for your quick thorough feedback!
    Now that you show me the correct proportion and placement of the ear, i can also recognise other mistakes in the drawing.
    thank you very much again.

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