How to Draw Jesus' Face

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How to Draw Jesus' Face
Jesus' face is revered by millions worldwide. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

The face of Jesus, as depicted in art, is one revered by millions of people around the world and is also one of the most recognisable. Because Jesus Christ has inspired such devotion, there are portraits of his face in many different styles and media. Drawing the face of Jesus can have various levels of difficulty, depending on how in-depth you want to get. Some drawings are simple, some elaborate. Some are on paper or canvas, while others are on Easter eggs or even appear as tattoos.

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Things you need

  • pencils, charcoal, pen or crayon
  • sharpener
  • eraser
  • notebook of unlined paper, Easter egg, wood or canvas

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    Drawing Jesus' Face

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    Draw the face of Jesus beginning with a rough shape for the head. The most basic shape to use if you're not sure is an oval that is slightly wider at the top than at the bottom. This will provide the face shape, forehead and chin. Before filling in the details, lightly sketch where the eyes, nose and mouth should go, depending on what angle you want the picture to face.

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    Sketch hair around the face shape that falls slightly past the shoulders and is somewhat wavy. Although there are not actual portraits of Jesus from his time on earth, you can study, based on historical data, what men's hair looked like during his time. Most men wore their hair medium-length, hanging down. Frame the face with hair that looks realistic to how it was during Jesus' life. This will provide an anchor for your drawing, because while no one knows what the face of Jesus really looked like, his hair can be more easily imagined. Add some shading and wavy lines inside the outline to indicate the texture of the hair.

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    Add a beard and moustache to the face. Because Jesus was a young Jewish man from a traditional background, he most likely would have worn a full beard and moustache on his face. Use your imagination about what that would have looked like - full or thinner, longer or somewhat shorter. Use shading to give the beard some texture and depth and the appearance of hair on the face. Keep in mind that your drawing is your interpretation of his face, so it's OK to make the beard in a style you think he might have had.

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    Fill in the eyes and eyebrows, nose and mouth details after the beard is in place to your satisfaction. If you sketched these out near the beginning, they should be in place to be drawn in much more detail. Jesus most likely had dark eyes, but the rest is up to you. Whether they are close-set or kind-looking, deep-set or large is based on your preference. Add eyebrows just above the eyes and then work on filling in the nose and mouth. The bridge of the nose can be shaded. Add the mouth below the moustache.

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    Put final touches on the picture of Jesus' face by using various shades of light and dark. Imagine how the hair you drew would cast a shadow on Jesus' face. Add facial lines to indicate age or "crow's feet" to the corners of the eyes if you have draw Jesus smiling. Fill in the hair, moustache and beard with some additional shading and texture for a more realistic portrayal. Add eyelashes to the eyes. Finally, draw a neck and shoulders to give your piece a more portrait-like appearance.

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