Illustrating Faces: Making Crooked Paths Straight

When I draw faces, it is funny how my eyes cannot see the unevenness of the face shape.

Examine the face shape.  This is what I see:

But when I turn it to the mirror, I see the truth.  This is what the face truly looks like:

Isn’t that weird?

Two things helped me to fix this issue:

First, as I said before, if I turn the sketch to a mirror, the problem suddenly jumps out at me. Then, I immediately begin to ask questions like “What does my husband really look like?”…


…because my eyes are not picking up the ugliness of my drawing and apparently neither is my eye doctor because she said I only needed the lowest strength of over-the-counter, reading glasses.

Second, if I draw the guidelines on the face, it helps me to keep the facial features aligned.  This also works for the body.

Do you realize that those facial guidelines, from forehead to chin, are in the shape of a cross? 

And did you know that the Word of God in Christ is known as a mirror? 

Think about that.


But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. ~2 Corinthians 3:18 KJV

And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them. ~Isaiah 42:16 KJV

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