Drawing Face Proportions Mistakes and How to Fix Them


We’ve recently started the #GuhitAgosto as a training to improve our drawing skills! Now, I am, no way, a master of illustration and I do need some work too. However, I can also say that I have training in illustration more than the majority. As an advocate of helpful critiques, here are common mistakes I’ve seen in Day 1: Facial Proportions (Female) and how to fix them.

Proportion Guidelines

I noticed how a lot of you had trouble making guidelines. It’s basically cut into 3 1/2 height and 3 width. With the side view, You have 3 1/2 height by 3 1/2 width. Check out this gif to see how I make the guidelines





You can download the .psd and .jpeg of the guidelines on the bottom of this tutorial!



Front View Mistakes and Fixes

front proportions

1) Super small mouths.  The width of the lips go from the middle of the the left eye until the middle of the right. The line that separates the top lip and the bottom lip also tend to droop downwards.

2) Eyes that are too near or too far from each other. Eyes have the same width as the space between them. This is usually cause by drawing eyes that are too big or too small for the face shape.

3) Making ears small. Ears start from the top of the eyes until the bottom of the nose.

4) Placing chins too close to the lips. The height of chins are the same height as the bottom of the nose until the bottom of the lips. Basically, the lips and chin share one square guideline

5) Pointy chins. Chins have bones and those bones aren’t claw-like. Give the chins width. Commonly, chins are the same width of the nose

6) Making too small nose or too big. The width of nose is same as width of eyes

Side View Mistakes and Fixes

side proportions
1) Drawing the eyes the same way as the front. Eyes when viewed from the side are triangular.

2) Tip of nose and nostrils are the same height. The tip of the nose is slightly higher than the nostrils.

3) Drawing the top and bottom lip at the same angle. The top lip protrudes more than the bottom lip.

4) Removing chin protrusions. The chin protrudes almost as much as the bottom lip.

5) Forgetting about the cheek bones. Note the cheekbones are more prominent in side views. It’s a great guide on how to angle the eyes, too!

6) Drawing super small mouths. Similar to the usual mistakes in drawing front view portrait. Lips are until a little bit before the start of the eyes.

7) Making ears small. Another mistake that was inherited from the front view. The ears are big. They go from the top of the eyes until the bottom of the nose.

8) Drawing eyes on the nose bridge. Noses have depth. It is important the notice that the eyes are lower in depth than the lowest part of the nose bridge.


These are tricky at first, but when you are more familiar with the proportions, it gets better. I hope that these tips would be useful to you in Day 2: Facial Proportions (Male)! Like all skills, drawing doubtless takes a lot of practice! So keep practicing and we’ll both get there together!


Download the Proportion guidelines in .psd and in .jpeg here!


What common mistakes are usually made? If you have any questions, I’d be happy to help you out! Just comment below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!



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  • Joanna
    Posted August 2, 2016 10:18 pm 0Likes

    This is very good advice. I do remember when I was little and tried to draw that I had to follow grids like these. I couldn’t make the exact draw as in the book, no matter how much I tried, but that is due to my lack of talent.

  • Chloé Arnold
    Posted August 2, 2016 10:12 pm 0Likes

    Absolutely love these tips! You make it looks so effortless! I’ve always wanted to be a better artist- it is just not one of my natural gifts. You are truly talented!

  • Sam
    Posted August 2, 2016 9:27 pm 0Likes

    Great interactive guide. I used to draw a lot when I was younger. My elementary school adviser even told me to take up Fine Arts. But now, my creative process is with words and photographs 🙂

  • Karmela Mirriam Ebreo
    Posted August 2, 2016 7:55 pm 0Likes

    Wow! You make drawing so easy ❤️ I’ll try this. I hope my sketches improve ?

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