Hiya! Swinging on by to ask some questions I have lingering around. I've been doodling about these past few days but for the life of me I can never be consistent in drawing a male's head. I suppose you'd have any tips or guidelines you'd use whenever you're having such troubles? -AC
Hello there, Absolutely Cute!
Well this is an extremely interesting question. You see, we all believe that there has to be a difference between male and female in general. The thing is, gender doesn’t make the difference. We are shapes and we are all made in different ways, no matter if feminine or masculine. Of course there are different tropes, but still, what you really need to learn is to focus on each and every character you draw for the shapes they have and not their gender. Let’s take a quick look, I just made a few sketches but if you want more I’ll make a proper tutorial
Look at Darius. Big strong man. Pointy jawline, harsh lines, straight to the chin. He’s basically a square with a big neck.
And then look at Sarah Fortune. Her face is soft, rounded, with less strokes and a smaller nose.
…but Illaoi? She’s female, but she’s also very masculine. So what happens? Shapes. Her face is different from Sarah’s since is broader and her neck is thicker, but still I like to make her softer than Darius just because she doesn’t have a big important chin.
On the other hand, Zyra is also female, but still, different from Sarah. Her face is thinner and her chin is pointy. Same lines that also Darius has, but different effect.
Our baby boy Ezreal is definitely male, but being so young and cute, he has the same shape that also Miss Fortune has.
What you need to focus on, is the best shape to represent a certain character, or that best sums their facial features, regardless of being a female or a male character.
Very good practice comes by watching people in the pictures or around you. We all have different faces and trying to find the line that suits best every face will definitely improve your style! If you’re drawing an original character, it’s very useful finding a good faceclaim, so that you can practice on a picture and then edit features and quirks.
Hope that helped!! Sorry for the super quick sketches, I had to reboot photoshop like 4 times today - silly program.