Copyright, Jim LaneThe model: key light is on the
left, fill light on the right.
Copyright, Jim LaneLeft eye outline
Copyright, Jim LaneThe essence of the eye.
Copyright, Jim LaneBoth eyes and brows. The old rule applies: "Sketch it light till you're sure its right."
Copyright, Jim LaneThe essence of the nose--think in terms of the nose shading and the nostrils.
Copyright, Jim LaneTry to stick to the basics rather than details until the likeness is established, which should occur about at this point. If not, concentrate on that rather than getting bogged down in additional details.
Copyright, Jim LaneWork from the features
outward. Narrow spaces are
easier to judge than broad
Once you are satisfied with the features, the hardest part of drawing a head is over. Notice I have not talked about drawing faces. The face is only one part of the portrait head (albeit the most important part). Work outward from the features, moving on to the hairline, cheek line, and chin. Next place the ear and neck before tackling the upper edge of the hair. Remember, sketch the essence first (left), then the details. It's important that if you encounter problems with the likeness to the model, you STOP and concentrate on that difficulty first before continuing. Any errors you encounter later will be at least twice as difficult to correct then as they are if discovered and remedied early.
Copyright, Jim LaneShading and details serve to complete the portrait.
Note: pencil drawings are notoriously hard to photograph. The variations in tone of the various steps above are the result of trying to balance the subtleties of shading with adequate contrasts.