Here's a really good way to practice drawing faces - without using any lines!

You will need:
  • Paper
  • Pencils
Here's the difference.

Instead of using thick lines, like you would in a cartoon, you can create a more realistic face just by using shading.
Use a magazine picture, or sit in front of a mirror so that you can see where the shading on the face is.

Look closely at the shaded areas. In this picture the light is coming from above, so the shadowy areas are usually around the eye sockets, down the side of the face, under the nose, under the top and bottom lip and a large area under the chin.
Create a face - not by drawing the lines but by drawing in those shaded areas.

Start with the eye sockets.
Then the side of the nose, and underneath it.
Down the side of the face...
...and under the top and bottom lips.

Now you're beginning to see a face without any lines.
Now that you have the shaded bits you can now add in some detail.

Just hint at a few lines, but don't press too hard or you'll make them too strong. Eyes and eyebrows are a good start.
Do the mouth next.

The picture looks much more realistic than it would if it had been drawn with cartoon-like black lines.
If you practice creating faces by just shading, it will help you understand the shapes of the face.

You'll be making really cool portraits in no time at all. Just keep the lines away.

Try it yourself!