What are the planes of the face?

In other cases, it can be a flat plane that is basically facing to the right and left of the cheekbone and jaw are relatively the same width. In other cases, the jaw can be wider than the cheekbone and cause a somewhat upward facing plane. These five areas are the major planes of the face.

What is skin shading?

Skin shading is a large part of creating portrait and people art. everything apart from the largest organ of the body, which is visible to all – the skin.

How do you proportion a face?


  1. Start with drawing a head shape.
  2. Draw a line through the middle of the face.
  3. Find the center point and draw a horizontal line through it.
  4. Face is defined by a hairline at the top and a chin at the bottom.
  5. Place eyes onto the “eye line”.
  6. A nose has 3 sides: front, left, and right.
  7. Placing a mouth line is easy.

What do you need to know about shading a face?

If you read my shading tutorial, you will need to apply your knowledge of light and your practice with planes in this section.

Can you draw the planes of the face?

Understanding the planes of the face allows you to quickly construct the face, draw in the features, and shade the face in a matter of minutes. All you have to do is read this post, and all our other posts on drawing the face and you’ll be a pro in no time.

Why is it important to learn the planes of the face?

To get past this, learning the planes of the face will help you to start thinking of the head and face as a 3D structure. In this post, we will be exploring How to Draw the Planes of the Face. Whatever it is you want to do, if it has anything to do with drawing people, knowing and understanding the face is the most important place to start.

Where are the planes of the face located?

The cheek itself connects the area of the cheekbone to the jaw itself. This area of the cheek is most commonly a sort of downward facing plane, especially if the person has particularly jutting cheekbones, and a smaller jaw.