How to Draw, a human head shape , Part 1+2 – Shading with Pencil

Hi friends, I am Dilip Sarkar, welcome to my channel.

Today I am going to show you a basic thing in the drawing world. Sketching, sketching is very important because it is the first step of a drawing. Here I wanted to show a sketch of human head. Don’t skip the sketching because it is essential to draw a portrait of face.

Here you will get to know how a head shape is drawn and how to shade it to make 3d or a real effect step by step.


STEP 1: First draw a oval shape for the head like an egg and the neck attached with it. I see many people using the pencil very deeply from the beginning which is totally wrong. Start using the pencil gently.


STEP 2: Then understand and try to visualize the concept of light and the shading. Think about where you want the light coming from.  Shade the areas opposite to the side from where the light is coming to make the darker area and the shadow. Here I tried to show light coming from right side that’s why I shaded the left side. Start with a light shade to deep shade as shown in the video. Remember don’t shade the exact side of the head; leave a little space to give a 3d effect shown in the video.


Then include more detail in the shedding as you want to develop the sketching but not too much.




 It is very basic thing to learn. If you want to make portrait of a face you have to learn these things to develop your skills. Everything is about steps you can’t skip the first step to do anything. So also like that this is the first step of portrait face drawing.


STEP 1: First draw 6 equal boxes as shown in the video.


STEP 2: Then draw a egg shape and the nose as I did in the video. Try to draw it equally both side according to the box.


STEP 3: Then draw the nose, mouth and outline of the eye as shown in the video. Use scale for the proper places of mouth and nose. After making the hair portion erase the outline of the boxes.




STEP 4: Then shade very carefully for 3d effect and the realistic effect on the face as I showed in step 1. Use brush to clean the eraser dust and the pencil dust (you can use anything like that).


Include more detail as I showed in the video.






Artist Dilip Sarkar

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