One way to improve our ability to draw a face or head is to learn where the features fit relative to each other and their approximate sizes compared to the head.

To do this, we can turn to the figure proportions guides. These figure proportions guides are maps to drawing the human body created by artists who observed some commonalities between the shapes and forms of the body. They developed these guides based on these commonalities to help the rest of us.

We can draw a person more accurately and quickly using these proportional guides.

Today, we will look at some proportional guidelines to place and size the eyes correctly. Learning to position and size the eyes is a great place to start learning the proportions of the head. Using these guidelines not only helps us with the eyes, but it will also help us draw the facial features more accurately.

## The Height of the Head: Our first unit of measurement

The first thing we need to find is the height or length of the head. This measurement is an important one. Many proportions guides use the head length as a primary or base measurement. The guides compare the sizes of the body's forms to the length of the head to find the correct size. The proportional guides describe lengths of the body's parts as measured in head lengths.

We measure the length of the head from the top of the head down to the chin. Be careful to measure the top of the head and not the top of the face. We find the top of the head above the hairline, within the body of the hair.

As it pertains to drawing the head, we use the head length to find the position of the eyes along the vertical axis of the head. We divide the head length into smaller measurements to determine how high up on the head to place the eyes.