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Face shading, basic planes by what-i-do-is-secret Face shading, basic planes by what-i-do-is-secret
Geez, uploading this to Scraps because I've already uploaded one too many facial shading things, I know. ^^; But this includes the basic planes of the face, which might help some people figure out why the face is shaded in a certain way depending on the light source. So Scraps watchers of mine get to see this bonus material first. :giggle:

This was a copy of an exercise sheet I passed around to students in my latest character illustration class. The face drawings are mine - the students copied the basic planes onto the large face then shaded the six smaller identical ones in different ways.

I referenced the basic planes of the face off of one of Andrew Loomis's books, Drawing the Head and Hands.
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Geminien Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Extremely helpful. Thnks!
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DragonlordRynn Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015
This is very well done and it will help me draw people better. Just a question: In the upper right the light is coming from below, so the alar wings of the nose are illuminated, but what about the lower left? The light is coming from the back, so why is the nose illuminated?
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BDTite1919 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks.
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XFwuffmomoX Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this really helped me understand with my lighting struggles. xD
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Talkumi Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks for the tutorial👍
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Eldynamo Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015
Very helpful 
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ElContadore Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014
Searched for "shading" on a whim to find a face shading tutorial. Ended up here.

THanks!
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:iconkobamiya:
Kobamiya Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks you so much!!! you have no ideia how much you helped me OvO
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Cool-Kimmy Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much, it was  a huge help!
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dudgus2429 Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
awesome!!
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johnmarrufo Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AWESOME THANKS
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melsr007 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist
Nice
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kapala01 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist
Super useful; may have to pick up Loomis' book.
Thanks.
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IAJusty Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Alcubilla95  watch this!!!
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:iconreplicadestroyer:
Replicadestroyer Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for this, this will defintely help my shading :)
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ItaloAmericana Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very useful! thanks!
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troyamber Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! This is very useful!
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singer-of-songs Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Super helpful! Thanks!
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BasiliskOnline Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ive used this too often recently to not fav it, thank you!
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ryuujinjiatsuka Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This helped me a lot po, ma'am ^^
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Sunny-GO Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Yes! This is what I've always been wondering :D Thanks
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Aloria Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is incredibly helpful! Thank you so much for making this
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WazzinGator Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!
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Kasumy-Chan Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THIS IS SO HELPFUL!
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marceili Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
Thanks. This'll help me a bit.
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PANDAmoniumKISS Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very helpful!! thank you
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Spenst Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you for adding guide lines, as well as sections where shadow may fall :)
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TheARBL Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
I have a feeling this is going to be incredibly useful... thank you!
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mcvayb Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, you have absolutely no idea how much this helped!! I feel like I'm finally understanding how shadows on a face work!!! So thank you so much for posting this!!!!!
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ForeverTeaTime Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is wonderful! Thank you!
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Aelitalily Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, just what I was looking for! :)
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Capripopcorn1224 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!
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NinjasGiveYouWings Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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BaskyLittle Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student Artist
That helps me. ALOT. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!
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Val-Ravin47 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. This was a lot of help!
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SamirOsman Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Good reference! Thanks!
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jailhouse6240 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
PERFECT!
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DreamingHummingBird Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student General Artist
This was very helpful :) thx for uploading!
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TheNanners Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
THANK. YOU. SO HELPFUL
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SaijakcWoods Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
thank you thank you!!! It's been a while since I've drawn and this helped so much!!
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Awakened5 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is invaluable advice.
thanks you for putting it up.
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KnuckerDragon Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, this is very helpful. The graph really makes it clear. Thanks, this will come in handy!
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Gogglecrab Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Very helpful, great work!
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umbrella4c Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
this really helped me
thanks so much
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assuming-control Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is in a bit of controversy with your name
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melioratus Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Love it! Thanks for posting this!
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Icicle1penguin Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay shading! Looks amazing. :D
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SkimKimchi Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
May I use this?
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NocturnalButterfly Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Love this!!! Thanks a lot (I'm a loser about shading!)
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oneblacksheep Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember favouriting this on another account I had way back when. I'm glad I found it again.
Hopefully this will help; I find shading the face the most challenging aspect of any painting or drawing.
Many thanks.
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