How to draw a head: A complete guide

How to draw a head
(Image credit: Oliver Sin)

Learning how to draw a head is not a simple endeavour, but it's a crucial part of any artist's skillset so it's worth putting in the time to learn how to do it well. The head is a very complex structure, so there are a lot of tips and tricks to master that'll make it a simpler process. This guide will break it down for you.

On the first page, artist Alex Woo will teach you how to draw a head from different angles – and how to use shapes to draw the head realistically. The second page, from portrait artist Oliver Sin, is packed full of tips that will have you drawing a head like a pro. 

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Alex Woo is a former story artist at Pixar. He worked on Ratatouille, WALL-E, Cars 2, and Finding Dory. Alex teaches gesture drawing and visual storytelling at