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Draw Faces in Any Orientation

The Exercise

Start with a sheet of paper, and draw it in perspective.

Start with a sheet of paper, and draw it in perspective.

Start bending the sheet, like it is a part of a cylinder. Add a center line.  Draw many in different orientations. Try it, it’s fun!

Start bending the sheet, like it is a part of a cylinder. Add a center line. Draw many in different orientations. Try it, it’s fun!

You can also first draw a rectangle in perspective, and construct a curved sheet on top of that.

You can also first draw a rectangle in perspective, and construct a curved sheet on top of that.

Try to draw lines that follow the bend of the sheet of paper, and tangent lines at the center line. These will help you place the facial features.

Try to draw lines that follow the bend of the sheet of paper, and tangent lines at the center line. These will help you place the facial features.

Intermezzo: you can draw ellipses by constructing them from perspective-correct squares.

Intermezzo: you can draw ellipses by constructing them from perspective-correct squares.

Draw a box in perspective, and apply this to two opposing sides.

Draw a box in perspective, and apply this to two opposing sides.

Add facial features.

Add facial features.

Try to construct the rest of the head also.

Try to construct the rest of the head also.

Why

This is a more convenient to construct smaller faces. It is also a lot of fun to to and you practice positioning faces in any orientation, and become better at positioning anything in three-dimensional space.

Grab a pen or pencil and some paper, and start drawing!

Hand that holds a sheet of paper and a pen, ready to start drawing.

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