Not all fashion designs look their best on pale skin models. Sometimes a darker skin is what it takes to make the design idea pop. However simply coloring the skin in a darker shade isn’t the best solution. To draw an African or African-American model correctly you need to pay attention to the specifics of the face also. In this tutorial you will learn how to draw the facial features of a black model step-by-step.
Step 1: Draw the face guidelines
Start by drawing a vertical Centerline and place two overlapping circles on it. The bottom circle overlaps the top one right at the center.
Step 2: Eyes and nose guidelines
This step is very important. Firstly you draw an ellipse covering the very bottom of the top circle. The nose in the African models is wider compared to Caucasians. Make sure the shape of the ellipse reflects that.
Next draw two ellipses for the eyes. Notice how uplifted and wide set the eyes are. African faces tend to have eyes that are wider set. Leave enough space from the outer corner of the eye to the face guideline!
Step 3: The face shape
Black skin models usually have very beautiful face shape with pronounced cheekbones. The cheekbones are the highest point of the face outline and finish right under the nose level.
To draw the jaw line connect soft curves to the horizontal line marking the chin. Use the face guidelines to help you with the symmetry.
Step 4: Drawing the eyes and the nose
Using the guidelines draw the eyes. They are almond shaped and somehow rounded in the middle. Don’t lose the lifted outer corner.
To draw the nose start with a very opened “V” with curved corners. Next draw a bracket on each side.
Step 5: Lips guideline
It is time to mark a guideline for the lips. Place an ellipse with almost round shape in the middle of nose-to-chin area. Notice that the ellipse is slightly closer to the nose than to the chin.
Step 6: Draw the lips
The key of drawing beautiful black girl’s lips is in the shape of the top half. Make sure the line goes up immediately after the corner as oppose to the gradual increase towards the center in Caucasians. “How to draw the lips” and “How to draw sexy lips” are tutorials that might help also.
Step 7: Add the face details
Clean up the unnecessary lines. Gently mark the bridge of the nose which is rather small compared to the nose tip. Then add the eyebrows. Short, thick and curved eyebrows work best for drawing an African face. You can also sketch some lip lines and a cupid bow if you wish.
Step 8: Finishing touches
Draw the eyes, neck and ears of your model. The last touch is a beautiful afro hairstyle and your model is ready to go!
Hopefully this tutorial have helped you draw an African/African-American girl and now you only need to dress her up with amazing clothes. For an easy to follow step-by step tutorial on white girl’s face click here.