Drawing the model’s face is one of the most dificult chalanges in fashion illustration that a fashion designer or illustrator have to deal with. You won’t have to leave the face blank anymore. Go follow those simple steps and make her beautiful!
Step 1 The blueprint
Draw a circle and mark it’s center. Don’t push too hard with the pencil.
Draw another one on top of it. The second circle should overlap the first one and touch it’s center. Put a Centerline for both the circles.
Step 3 Nose and chin
Slightly below the center of the first circle mark a dash. This indicates your model’s nose.
Make the chin in the bottom most part of the first circle.
Step 4 A femenine jaw
Draw smooth and graceful line connecting the chin with last point before the circle starts to narrow. Try not to splay the lines too much, keep them close to the blueprint.
Finish the outline of the head by joining the circles.
It the middle of the space between the nose and the chin draw a horizontal line.
Draw two lines with about the same length as the mouth. Start from where the two circles cross each other and countinue towards the Centerline. The space betweet the eyes would be approximatly equal to the size of each eye.
In the half-way between the nose and the mouth draw a short line indicating the upper lip. Put onother line in the half of the mouth-to-chin distance.
A bit under the eyes you already marked draw paralel lines .
Tip: You’ll add glamour to your illustration if you keep the eyes not too large and opened. Fashion faces love cateyes.
Close the eyes as shown. Stay away from the head outline.
Draw a wide “U” where you marked the upper lip and repeat it upsized in the middle of the mouth Centerline.
Step 8 Beautiful lips
Smooth the eye’s sharp angles as shown.
Finish the mouth. Use the marks you already have drawn and start from them. It looks better if you don’t pull the lines of the lower lip right to the mouth Centerline.
Step 9 Delicate nose
Draw the nosetrips where you initially marked the nose. Hint the nose tip and the bridge.
Just under the lower lip put a short line that will indicate the chin.
Draw che cheekbones pointing towards the nose. Keep soft and close to the eyes.
The eyebrows will go up until they reach the blueprint circle and than curve however you want their shape to be.
Divide the eye in three parts. Draw two half circles in second 1/3 of the eye.
Finish the eyebrows. Leaving them too fine they will make them look unnatural.
Put the ears starting from the eye line to the nosetip. The ear are frequently covered by hair, but you might need them.
The necks of ashion illustration models are longer and thiner than normal. Start the neck from the line where the lower lip ends and make it at least half head long.
Finish her eyes. Put the makeup paying attention to the original shape of the eyes you’ve drawn.
Divide the forehead in 3 and fill the frst part with hair.
Be creative and give your beauty a lovely hairstyle of you liking !
The same face base looks so different with different hairstyles. Try your own and have fun!
It doesn’t look right! Common mistakes:
Error 1: The jaw starts too high and the face looks triangular. Start the jaw a little bit lower and make the lines soft, close to the gidelines.
Error 2: The eyes are too separated. Always leave some space from the eyes outer corner to the head outline and distance equal to about one eye between the two.