When you look at an illustration, isn’t the face the first thing that catches your eye?
It is inevitably unbalanced, and the more you fix it, the more unbalanced it becomes.
I don’t know what to do.

In this article, I will introduce some of the most common mistakes beginners tend to make, divided into the following categories.
If you get into the habit of drawing with these points in mind, you will naturally be able to achieve balance.

Now, let’s go over the points one by one.

1: Head and hair volume

First, draw the head without the hair to properly capture the shape of the head.
If you draw a circle and then add the cheeks and chin, it will be easier to get a good balance.

If you want to create a more natural look, make sure that the distance from the top of the head to the top of the eyes and from the top of the eyes to the chin is about the same.
Draw the volume of the hair a little larger than that.

2: The position of the cheek bulge

The cheekbones are just below the eyes, so the position of the puffiness is a bit higher.
It is best to draw in the image of plumping up from the lower lashes of the eyes.

3: Position of the eye parts and size of the left and right sides

Position of the eyes.
The best balance is an equilateral triangle when the center of the eyes and the center of the mouth are connected.

Width and height of the left and right eyes.
As a composition, the width of the eye at the back (in the case of this illustration, the right eye) will be smaller.
The height of the left and right eyes and the direction of the pupils of the left and right eyes are not aligned.

Pupil direction.
Can you see that the right eye is looking to the side, but the left eye is looking straight ahead?
To try it out, cover one eye of the picture with your hand and see how it looks.
Let’s match the directions.

4: Hair growth and hair flow

It’s visually disjointed and uncluttered.
Try to be aware of the flow of your hair.
The hair flow will change depending on the hairstyle you want to draw and the bangs.
If you divide the hair into several bunches and draw them as if they were attached to the head, you can create a natural flow and make it look neat and clean.

5: Position of the nose, mouth, and chin

The center of the nose, mouth, and chin are on the centerline of the face.
The center of the nose, mouth, and chin are on the center line of the face. In this illustration, the face is facing right, so the center is closer to the right.
The center of the nose, mouth, and chin should be placed in the center of the face.

It is easier to understand in profile.
Let’s draw it with this in mind.

That’s all.
When drawing a picture, you need to take it in three dimensions and be aware of the parts you cannot see.
It’s hard to imagine what you can’t see, so it’s important to draw it well in the drafting stage.
By adding a little extra effort, you can make your picture even better, so please take a look at this article.

(Text and picture by es)