When drawing a semi-realistic face, I always start with the right eye… but the second place my pen shapes is invariably the cheekbones. Why is that?
The Strangeness of Cheekbones’ Beauty:
It seems odd that a part of the body that reminds you of the skeleton beneath the flesh is so alluring, and yet, cheekbones are gorgeous — and the sharper, the more intriguing in art in my opinion (especially when juxtaposed with billowing, large hair). Often I enjoy indicating cheekbones with a firm black line like this:
Is There Something Angry About Cheekbones?
Sometimes cheekbones can be so sharp and defined that they seem angry-angular. This lady below turned out to have a bit of a glower in addition to her fabulous hair. You could slice a loaf of bread with those epic cheekbones!
VIDEO: The Drawing Process for Cheekbones
So what’s YOUR take on cheekbones?
Do you enjoy them in real life? In art? What is it about them that’s so exciting? Do share!