do you have any advice or tips for drawing side profiles? I have been trying for ages but nothing seems to ever turn out right.. (love your art by the way!!!)
Thanks so much! Let’s see if I can help at all. If you’re having trouble, I’d suggest starting with guidelines. I think most tutorials will say the same thing: it can be a lot easier to place features if you break up the head/face into parts. In a profile view, the front of the face is divided into thirds while the side of the head, from front to back, is bisected by the ear.
But don’t forget that guidelines are just that–guides! They’re meant to help with general placement, so you should definitely play around with proportions to get the features you want. This will also help you avoid drawing the same face over and over again on different characters, so try different shapes/sizes! Once you get comfortable with proportions, you can eyeball everything to make sure it’s all in place instead of actually drawing lines (this is what I do).
When I draw profiles, what I focus on is reproducing a character’s most prominent features. Think of their face at different angles…what stands out the most in each of these views? I’ll use two of my characters with pretty different features to show what I mean.
These are just the features I focus on when I draw. Pick the few that you think make the character most recognizable and go with those. And remember, you can make your profiles as stylized or as realistic as you’d like. My way of drawing leans more towards stylized, but the goal is to find something that fits your style and works for you. So keep messing around until you do, keep looking up reference (seriously, look up reference…it’s incredibly useful for subtle differences in angle, expression, etc.) and keep drawing. Have fun with it! Faces are difficult, but I promise with time and different techniques it’ll all click for you.
I hope this was helpful, and please let me know if you have any more questions!