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How to Draw Heads for Basic Fashion Figures

Start with a basic oval when drawing a head for your fashion drawings. Take a look at your head in a mirror. Ignore your facial features and hair, and see that your head is longer than it is wide — the definition of an oval. You can also think of the head as a large egg shape.

Next, draw a face grid on your oval. Face grids have nothing to do with sports. A face grid is is a fancy term for a simple drawing tool that helps you establish the placement of the features of the face — you just draw horizontal and vertical guide lines that cross at the center of your oval.

The vertical line is a line of symmetry that marks the center of the face (down the nose), and the horizontal line is the figure’s eye level. Mapping out a face grid gives you a starting point when you’re looking at an empty oval that needs to be turned into a face. You don’t use measuring tools to place the facial features; just eyeball everything.

Some people prefer to curve the guide lines slightly, following the oval’s natural curve. A slight curve to your face grid adds dimension so that the facial features don’t appear to be rigid or flat. A slight curve gives facial features a more active feeling.

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The eyeline is halfway down the head, so keep the horizontal face grid line in the center of the oval, or you’ll end up with eyeballs on the forehead!

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