7 Methods I use to help draw people when shape is undetermined/unsure of Page 2

4) Connect the dots/unenclosed points

  • When the shape is uncertain, the outline, the formation of the unit is uncertain. Therefore, it is almost like a guide/crutch because in a way it helps draw open-closed formation-shape of unit, of face.

  • This method, is not as successful as the first three. But, it is a method, not by just establishing eye contact but it is almost a form of tracing without actually cheating, tracing.

  • How is it not tracing? …This is not like tracing because it is a good exercise, practice to help someone focus, have eye contact, be more concise with drawing a figure in general without knowing the shape and picking up detail more and more doing it.

  • So, even if someone might get stumped,  they still end up drawing the formation-shape close-exact,  more accordingly, even if not knowing face shape 100%. This is a borderline method of crutch, like a guide. But, requires much more focus, depth of observation.

  • However, it is easier than you think, can be done because I have asked people about this in conversation and they say, “I have done that”, “That’s easy”, is literal opposite of tracing, the picture is over, not underneath the paper yet to be drawn on”.

  • This can be done by taking a picture the same size as the paper with the drawing on it and unlike when tracing a subject, place it over the regular picture the same size of the paper.

  • After placing the paper the same size over the original pic desired to be drawn while doing this having a technical pencil in hand. There are two reasons why a technical pencil is recommended.

First, so it comes out more concise…

  • Using a technical pencil (preferably 2-7H pencil) so the drawing won’t be as defined or smudged after blending/accidentally pressing the side of your hand on where you drew and then the drawing becomes smudged.

  • It will  be more concise, won’t smudge and makes finer points whereas a regular pencil won’t. Because it really helps to make more concise lines, so nothing is lost in translation, it really helps to have a control of, use the right medium.






Second reason, just like when highlighting a source, placing a finger on a page,  you are marking the spot where you plan to look at focus on. You want to take your technical pencil point it exactly on the pic underneath the blank paper the same size, where the form starts on the formation of shape.

Next, after marking the spot with the pencil, (you can chose to mark it by making a dot using the pencil on the picture or focus your eye on the exact spot and don’t take the your eyes off of it and then where you pointed it out with your pencil),

slowly lift up the pencil up and vertically straight so it is in the exact same location and position where you marked with your pencil,

slowly lift it up in the air,without moving the blank paper that will have the future drawing underneath the pic where you either marked a dot, or pointed out where to put the dot with a technical pencil, slowly move the original pic away and off of the blank paper underneath.

Then once again slowly move the pencil vertically straight, but down on the blank paper.

In a nutshell, think of it as pinpointing location by not taking eye off at the same time as drawing it.If this is done correctly and it does take practice, you should have your pencil placed on the blank paper in the exact location of where the dot drawn or not drawn, where you marked and noticed the first spot of the first line forming the shape of face and doing it every time, you should draw every dot forming the face precisely. Instead of drawing the shape of face, you will end up drawing dots around the units and the facial features inside.

The problem with this is this method takes a while to master because you can’t really use tape, it will rip the blank paper/pic and taping it and un-taping it to hold both same sized papers will be a hassle. So for that reason they are two papers on top of each other likely to slide or move position.

Also, if unfocused, your eye contact established will move and look at a different spot of the paper. Also people more confident not drawing the dot on the paper, will end up drawing the dot after moving the pencil up and sliding the pic to blank paper, will draw it in the wrong location. As a result of wrong location, you might have to do it over, if not done correctly.

 However, it is not the hardest because I did this in high school and people I knew agreed this is not like tracing, is more of a skill and more than one I have talked to, watching me do this said, “I can do that”. Or, “I have done that before”. Once done it should look like this:

Cameron Diaz & Jude Law multiple sketch

The dots aren’t seen because I have practically finished this drawing, enclosing the unit.

But notice there are no solid lines and some gaps present, giving implication of unenclosed points, dots where I have marked in the past with the process of moving the pencil up and down and the pic on and off from the drawing underneath.

The drawing  at first, blank paper should never move and the pic above should move but accurately.

Also, the paper and the pic should be the exact same size so if done properly, the dot will placed in the exact same spot it was marked by the pencil on the pic, over the drawing. If the drawing does move, the location of where the dot should be placed is lost and you have to start marking the dot for each spot all over again.

In addition, I am putting the finishing touches on this drawing by sharpening the lines, that have started to smudge, have gone dull over time due to the regular pencil I used after the fact. It is not finished but close. Once it is finished, I will show the final result of more concise outline.,,

Anyway, once this is mastered, you can draw this in a series of lines around the unit instead of dots and/or slide the pic on top on and off the drawing underneath faster and faster and get a result like this. Here are other examples:

Emma Watson (3) phase sketch 6 6

Try it with one person, or a less detailed drawing first and then you should be able to draw it. I will have a video on this in the future but I hope this Connect the Dots Method works. Here are the last two methods: