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Female Face Portrait Drawing Tutorial by Phobos-Romulus Female Face Portrait Drawing Tutorial by Phobos-Romulus
A tutorial I whipped up centering around my 3 recently submitted portraits. I've always liked drawing portraits, so I thought I'd make a tutorial to help others out with the activity.

Any questions, don't hesitate to ask.

Please excuse any typos. I'm usually good about this sort of thing, but when there's a lot of text, it sometimes slips under my radar.
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PearOfDiscord Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015
This is extraordinarily useful, especially the nose portion.  Thanks for putting this together!
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Dovesplash Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tutorial is really simple, but immensely helpful. 
It's got great tips in it that help me so much
especially the nose part. 

Thank you so much!
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks! 

Noses can and should be pointier for variety, I realize that now, but separating it into different planes still applies.
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Dovesplash Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the tips ^^
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frostedmist Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015
This is great. You are great. Thanks.
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JakeHGuy Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That nose part of this tutorial was extremely helpful. It has cured me of my inability to draw noses. The way you explained really helped me understand it's shape as a 3d object and has given the noses in my art a more cohesive look.

Thank you sir.
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hokaidohokaide Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the Andrew loomis tip, there is really some great material, and a nice tutorial, hard to find good face tutorials that don't drift into an anime-like style.
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Yeah, anime has its merits, but I'd rather learn from more classical sources first. Those that are heavily into the anime style should create a strong base skillset based on knowledge of classic practices and let that knowledge enhance their anime drawing. 

When you start the other way around, you don't have a strong foundation, which is why so many anime artists lack structure.
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hokaidohokaide Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, in my case, it was more that I like the classical or more realistic style a lot, but it has gotten less common, or at least that's what it sometimes seems to me.
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Student General Artist
I was just pointing that to anime styled artists in general.

Yeah, I've almost always been inclined toward the classical realistic style. There's lots of awesome styles to be found in European comics as well.
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hokaidohokaide Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd always would recommend the older "Heavy Metal Magazin" issues for that. It's a good mixture of some of the best styles I've ever seen.
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Student General Artist
Definitely the older issues. 

There's lots of great dutch comic artists that were never featured in Heavy Metal that are spectacular draftsmen. 
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hokaidohokaide Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, could you name some? I never heard of especially dutch artists. And I it's not like I never been there.
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Student General Artist
Yeah, like Dick Matena, Henk Kuijpers, Theo van den Boogaard, Joost Swarte, to name a few of my favorites.
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StarFaerieNomad Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just gonna point out that you're wrong about lips. The upper lip can be thicker and larger than the lower one.
www.medivisionfilms.com/upload…
www.feminiya.com/wp-content/up…
www.lovethatface.com/files/201…
bashny.net/uploads/images/00/0…
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Student General Artist
More often than not, they tend to be thinner. This is, like my other tutorials, more based on averages and classic artistic aesthetics. 

But yeah, I have noticed that, thanks for the suggestion!
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HMS-ArtHound Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you soooo much for the nose construction part.... I always have problems with noses.
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Student General Artist
No problem! It probably was one of the most common problems I come across when helping others' with their art.
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fatpaw175 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really enjoy your work and appreciate the tutorials.  Looked up Andrew Loomis and read through some of his books.  Pretty sure the man didn't own an eraser - everything he drew was carefully scripted magic...
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Student General Artist
For sure. His drawings are just too gorgeous for my unworthy eyes.
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AlTeRuNmEi Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
Up top didn't you mean to say a 5 eye diameter not radius? Or am I mistaken
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Student General Artist
I don't think I mentioned either of those words, but diameter would right.
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AlTeRuNmEi Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
"The cranium is the sphere, with a 5 eye radius..." :P
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Ah, gotcha. Thanks for the catch.
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AlTeRuNmEi Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
No probs :P
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ArtemisDaGreat Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist
So I took up your advice and looked up Andrew Loomis.... Thank you, you opened my sights to a god... Very exquisite drawings btw... 
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Student General Artist
Illustrators sure had to know their stuff extremely well back in those days. Wish that were still true.

No problem, my pleasure!
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ArtemisDaGreat Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist
No doubt about that, look at old tv cartoons like He-Man and She-Ra, which looked like it took months to draw. Cartoons now-a-days such as Adventure Time (though I do like the show a bit) are poorly drawn, and it doesn't look like it takes very long to draw them.... I don't understand why that's happening....
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Student General Artist
I think production values are better now, but things were drawn much better back then. Adventure Time's animation is much nicer than He-Man, but the style, while effective, is a bit too simple for my liking.

If you wanna see something extremely impressive, look at the workprint version of Richard Williams' Thief and the Cobbler.
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ArtemisDaGreat Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist
Well, aren't most older shows like that; look at Looney Tunes for example (the cartoons, not the show)...

I actually saw that, though it kind of had a boring plot line so I blocked it out. I did see the a good 50% of it though... I absolutely adored the artwork. It's obvious that a lot of work was put into it...
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Student General Artist
Yeah, end even disney, once upon a time. 

The workprint version or the recobbled cut? There was a version done in the 90's that cut a lot of stuff out, a total bastardization of the work. But I do think it could use some better sound design to liven it up a bit, but just the perspective skills in that film were incredible.
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ArtemisDaGreat Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist
Indeed.

I think it was the 90's version, but it still had some great artwork that was quite breathtaking.
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Student General Artist
Yeah it sure did. 

I also like looking at animated short films, some of them are crazy awesome, like this one called "The Fly"
www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0IgZF…
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OuttatheBlueSkye Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice tutorial, love your drawing! :) Putting into faves for later reference!
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Glad you could make use of it!
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mcvayb Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for making this, it really helped, especially the part with the hair!! Any other tips you can give me for the hair please?
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student General Artist
I'd look at what Andrew Loomis has to say about hair.
[link]

But I also remember this post by cartoonist John Kricfalusi(ren and stimpy) that seemed quite helpful about structure.

[link]
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mcvayb Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ok thanks! I'll check these out!! Thanks again for the help!
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KerroPerro Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ok just came up with a question for you: how would you deal with blond eyebrows? (something i'm kinda stuck with at moment)
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Hmm, I think I usually just make them dark anyway. Eyebrows are usually darker compared to rest of the hair.

You don't have to make them black or anything, but a few shades darker than the rest of hair usually works.
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KerroPerro Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Cool i'll try that - makes sense ;) - i kinda stupidly had drawn an ink outline of the eyebrows and colored it in but that was not working, thanks for taking the time and answering!
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student General Artist
No problem, glad I could help!
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KerroPerro Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Funny a lot - a whole lot - of artist sort of try to avoid/downplay the nose when drawing girls but you really define it - and it works! Nice!
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Yeah, that's what I was talking about. Many people just slap the nose on the face like it isn't even a necessary component for the face.
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KerroPerro Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'll try it as well but it'll be hard i think because it is so hard wired to avoid noses. I remember when i was kid and a friend showed me how to draw "hot chicks": he said just draw two tiny lines for the nostrils and nothing else - i think a lot of people learned it that way. Well time to get all Yoda about it and "unlearn what i have learned" :yoda:
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student General Artist
It's also a biproduct of the manga mentality. I don't want to hate too much on manga, but it has led to breed some laziness in certain aspects of illustration.
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TheRiotRanger Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent tutorial! Thanks for sharing! :popcorn:
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks for looking!
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pecatrix Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
I think this is a very good tutorial, especially your notes about the nose as 3 planes and eyes not being round (a probably I especially have).

Thank you very much for creating and posting this!
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student General Artist
No problem! Glad you could make use of it!
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