Practicing Proportions


  • 8.5×11 paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser

Practicing Facial Proportions

This is the first lesson in our unit “Self Discovery through Portraiture.” The first thing you’ll need to know are the proportions of the face!  This lesson will allow you you practice proportion on a face looking straight on.

Here is a great video that explains the basic facial proportions to you:

Also, here are some handouts that show the different proportions of the face as well as how to draw different facial features:


Try drawing a generic face first.  Feel free to leave up any guidelines you draw so you can save this practice drawing as a “cheat-sheet” for later drawings.  Once you feel comfortable drawing generic features, it’s time to choose a subject and draw that specific person.  Sometimes it’s easier to draw someone you don’t know rather than a face that is really familiar.  Focus on specific aspects of your subjects face and compare them to the general proportions.

Good luck!


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