portrait Drawing Tutorial

How to draw ears

In this tutorial I will show you how to draw ears. Where to place them, how to draw pointed ears, how to draw the inside of the ear, and how to draw it from different perspectives.

Tutorial category: portrait  
Tutorial type:
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KakeranoTsuki
Tools used: anything that draws.

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Step 1

Since Angelicbetrayl said she was bad at ears -which she is NOT- I started thinking and noticed that some people can't draw ears, and some just avoid drawing them altogether! First, let's start with an outline of a head and the positioning of the ear. See that triangle joining the chin, eye, and ear? That triangle is something I learned in art class and there's a specific term for it (which I've forgotten. <.<) When looking the profile, the ear is at the level of the eye. Perspective is a different matter, but I'll get into that later.

 

Step 2

Now to start drawing the ear. The first line is the green, and the second is red. The third is blue and the fourth is purple. I highly recommend following this order, or else things might be messed up.

 

 

Step 3

Now, here are some other random little lines you can add in to make your ear more realistic (In black) . If you only want a simplified ear, though, using the four lines is good enough. I've also shaded this ear to show the depth of the different parts.

 

Step 4

Now, on to pointed ears and some piercings. In the pointed ear, it doesn't come to a needle-point or anything like that. That's pretty far out there... it generally doesn't happen, even in fantasy, because it's just not realistic. So we have this blunt stump-ish cartilage for the pointed ear. As for piercings, I've sketched them at a low opacity. I think it's pretty obvious from just looking at the picture n.n

 

Step 5

Finally, perspective. So far, I've only shown the ear from the profile. Here's the ear and head from other angles. As the head tilts, the ear is no longer on level with the eye. It's hard explaining it without being confusing, but generally as the head tilts up, the ear seems to go lower, and as the head tilits down, the ear goes up. The two don't really move, of course, and it's just a perspective thing. If that was confusing, look at the picture and hopefully you'll get a better understanding.

 

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