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Adding hair and ears

A very very basic face was created in this tip:  where-things-actually-go-on-a-face.  Now it’s time to add hair and ears!  As with the eyes, nose and mouth, it is always good to know where things go.

Remember how good you are at measuring things?  Well, to find the hairline at the top of the forehead, measure the distance from the bottom of the nose to the bottom of the face. Now, use that same measurement above the eye line to see where the hairline starts.

Adding hair and ears | The Story Elves - Help with writing, editing, illustrating and designing your own stories

Finally, ears extend from just above the eye line to the bottom of the nose.  I am drawing in human ears.  Elven ears are longer, of course.

Adding hair and ears | The Story Elves - Help with writing, editing, illustrating and designing your own stories

And you might want to give him a neck.

This is not the most interesting face, but this tip and the one before are just about where things go.  A face has a lot of different features, and if each of these features is in the wrong place, even slightly the wrong place, the face looks very odd.  So, you just want to practice where things go, over and over.

Eyes, noses and mouths come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can really make a face look memorable.  Now you can practice changing a face by changing its different features…

 

—By Scoble

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