How to Draw Human Faces With Wrinkles

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To draw human faces with wrinkles, render the skin as gravity pulls it down over the skeleton, creating sagging lines, droopy cheeks and sallow eyes. Draw a wrinkled human face with a demonstration from an experienced artist and art supply store employee in this free video on drawing and painting.

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Hi, my name is David Lamplugh and I work for Asel Art Supplies in Austin, TX. I'm here today to answer the question, "How do you draw human faces with wrinkles?" When we're going to draw wrinkles, let's really think about what they are. It's basically sagging skin, that has started to sag in age over a skeleton, so a hard surface. I've really started here with a few features just so we've got my head sketched in to put the wrinkles in. Now, with wrinkled skin, with old peoples' skin, it's gravity pulling on the skin, pulling it down over the skeleton, so I try and do kind of downward motions on almost all the motions. It seems to make it appear like everything is sagging. Now, the ears are part of this, too, because they are skin that gravity affects and they kind of droop with age as well, so keep that in mind. OK, now I'm starting to put in some wrinkles. Now, there's a general thing on the forehead. This man has had a hard life and has had some worry, so we're going to put in some worry lines, so I'm going to kind of get some worry lines; I'm going to put in a little remnant of hair. Maybe that's what he's worried about; I don't know. There's this stuff in the middle. There's always bunching in the brow. I'm going to put the eyebrows in real quick, just to emphasize the droopiness of everything. I'm going to have kind of hair drooping down. Skin, again, is falling, so this man's nose has become aquiline and kind of thin. Here we go. We're ready to do some wrinkles under the eyes. They're bags, they're dimensional, they're darker underneath because the light is coming from the top, so kind of get it in there. We're going to do some crows feet on the edge of the eye. There's the rim of the eye, and skin has drooped down next to it. The muscles that would fill up a younger person's face have kind of atrophied and are no longer a part of it; now it's just kind of over. I'm going to make them small; what the heck. He's got some crows feet again at the corners of the mouth, but he seems happy, you know, he's smiling, so... He's got a jowly kind of thing, even if this guy's thin, skin's got to go somewhere. It droops down. Old people tend to have a little more jowly faces. And that is how you draw human faces with wrinkles.

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