How to Draw a Person Facing the Side

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How to Draw a Person Facing the Side
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When drawing a person facing sideways, it's important to be aware of proportions, so that the parts of the body that are closest to our eyes appear larger than those farther away. It's also helpful to understand the way that the joints work so that you position the body parts naturally. Drawing a face in profile can take practice, but it is a key factor to making the entire figure appear to face sideways.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Eraser

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Draw a circle for the head, connected to a line for a neck and a circle for a chest. Draw two lines for arms, and make the right arm slant to the right, and the left arm slant to the left. Draw down from the chest to create another circle for the hip area.

  2. 2

    Draw two lines for legs, with a circle for the knee joints. Make the left leg slant left at the thigh, before becoming straighter at the knee. Slant the right leg right at the thigh, and then slanting further right at the knee.

  3. 3

    Add feet to the legs. Outline over the body by tracing over the arms, chest, hips and legs. Add hands to the arms.

  4. 4

    Draw a nose, mouth and chin following the left curve of the head circle. Draw an eye to the upper left of the nose, and mirror a partial eye on the other side. Draw hair that covers the right side of the circle and continues down the shoulder.

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