How to Draw Faces Looking Up


Learning to draw a tilted head is only a matter of adjusting the division lines for the features and their placement. Faces looking upward will show less of the top of the head and more of the chin and neck. You'll also see more of the nostrils and less of the eyes as you render the picture.

  • Draw an oval egg shape with the wide part of the egg at the top of the drawing. Place a vertical line three-quarters of the way to one side of the shape in an arc. This is the line for the placement of the nose and mouth.

  • Place two horizontal lines equally distant from one another arcing from one side of the head to the other. Your other features will be drawn along these lines so the features are looking upward.

  • Place the eyes and brows at the top arc noting that the eye furthest away will appear smaller and less visible.

  • Draw the nose using the vertical line as your guide. The tip of the nose will hide most of the far eye. The nostril farthest away will be smaller and only one side of the nose bridge will be visible. This is important when it comes time to shade the features.

  • Add the lips making sure the side away from the vertical line is shorter than the nearest side of the mouth is. The chin is also seen more to the side as the face slopes. You will also see the underneath of the chin as it flows into the neck.

  • Start defining the features once the basic face is drawn. The features should follow an upward trend. The more the head is tilted, the more the features should also be.

Tips & Warnings

  • Remember that shading affects the finished drawing. Place shading around the areas of the eyes, nose, mouth, cheekbones and under the chin for realism.

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