When creating realistic portraits it is always necessary to be aware of the correct proportions. If you look at the image below you’ll see lines marking comparisons to each area of the structure.
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Start Comparing The Parts
If you look to the far right and follow the lines shown you will see that the eyes are placed central, half way between the top of the head, and the chin. The rest of the lines show the proportions in relation to the skull beneath.
A good exercise is to look at yourself in a mirror and examine how your own facial features are placed in relation to each other. Use the downloadable guide above to compare them.
Ask yourself where the corner of your mouth aligns when using a straight line to the pupil, the inner eye, and the side of your nose? Compare it to the image above.
The example shown is placing the features in a classical sense. Do yours fit that standard? Or are they a bit one direction or another?
Age and Gender
A persons age and gender can make a difference in the proportions also. The more youthful a person, the smoother the skin is, and the less dropping take places in the folds of the skin. One can see this, particularly in the length of the nose and ears.
So what areas do you tend to have the most problems? That you ALWAYS seem to fight to get them the way that you want them. Let me know in the comments below, and feel free to share. Thank you again for stopping by!