Face Proportions Portrait in Illustrator
● Is your Face a Perfect Specimen of Human Symmetry?
● Sketch a Human Face in Adobe Illustrator according to the ideal human proportions that every portrrait artist must know.
● Then superimpose your own face over your sketch. How do you match up?
✓ Pencil Tool✓ Warp Tool ✓ Eraser
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Step #1: Open a New Document in Illustrator ~
✓ Start with a print document in Illustrator of 8.5 x 11″- change the color mode to RGB - and set the Raster Effects to medium.
Step #2: Pencil Tool ~
✓ Get the Pencil Tool, or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (n) …
✓ … then Double-Click on the Pencil Tool to open the dialogue box …
✓ … uncheck "Keep selected" …
✓ … and raise the smoothness to make your pencil strokes smooth.
Step #3: Stroke and Fill ~
✓Change the Stroke to Black and the Fill to None.
Step #4: Draw a Circle ~
✓ There are 2 parts to your head. For the first part, draw a big circle.
✓ This establishes the top form of your head.
Step #5: The Jaw ~
✓ Then draw a smaller circle below to represent the jaw or mandible.
Step #6: Select All ~
✓ Hit Cmd (⌘)+A + to select both shapes …
✓ … then get the Eraser Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letters (Shift (⇧) + E) + …
✓ … and erase the extra lines.
Step #7: Warp Tool ~
✓ Get the Warp Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letters (Shift⇧+r) + …
✓ … and smooth out the lines.
✓ Try and make it look like a head.
Step #8: Crosshairs ~
✓ Hit the keyboard shortcut Cmd (⌘)+R + to bring up Rulers …
✓ … and, with the Selection Tool click-and-pull the ruler to make a Guideline.
✓ Line up the crosshairs in the middle.
Step #9: Vertical Guidelines ~
✓ Then split the shape into 5 equal vertical lines.
✓ Divide the head into 5 equal parts.
Step #10: Horizontal Guidelines ~
✓ Then split the lower half of your face into 3rds:
✓ Leave the top half empty, and divide the lower part into 1/3 each.
Step #11: Left Eye ~
✓ Make a New Layer and Lock your other Layer …
✓ … call the new layer "left eye" by double-clicking on it …
✓ … get the Pencil Tool again and an eye in the spaces between the lines 1 and 2.
✓ Most people tend to move the eyes up too high on the forehead.
✓ But the eyes line up right along the middle.
Step #12: Ellipse Tool in Illustrator ~
✓ Get the Ellipse Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (L) …
✓ … and draw a perfect circle by holding while you drag.
✓Also draw a little pupil.
Step #13: Erase the Excess ~
✓ Get the Selection Tool by hitting the keyboard shortcut letter (V) and select outer shape …
✓… then go to: Object > Expand …
✓… get the Eraser Tool again by hitting the keyboard shortcut letters (Shift+E) and erase outside the outline.
Step #14: Duplicate the Eye ~
✓Select all the eye parts with the Selection Tool …
✓… Right-Click and go to: Transform > Reflect …
✓… select Vertical and hit Copy …
✓… and drag the new eye to fit in between 3 and 5.
✓ The space between the eyes is usually equal to 1 eye width. The nose is attached to the eyebrows.
Step #15: Mouth ~
✓ The edges of the mouth line up to the center of the eyes.
Step #16: Nose ~
✓ Nose is just a triangle with 2 smaller triangles but it centers in between the Middle-Third.
Step #17: Ears ~
✓ The ears come out of the eye line and go up, then down.
✓ Now you have a face portrait using the standard human face dimensions.
Step #18: Your Picture ~
✓ Now get a picture of your face and superimpose it over your drawing.
✓ How do you match up? Are you a perfect specimen of human symmetry?
Last Step: Save and Attach ~
✓ Save your work as - FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME.ai]
✓ Attach it!
• ALWAYS save your projects using the following naming convention:
• DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.
• NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.
✓ Using the proportions image already created above and the guides, see if your face matches up to the ideal proportions.