How to draw a Japanese geisha
1) At the top of the sheet, determine the location of the head and draw its conditional size using an oval.
2) Draw a vertical line through the middle of the head. This will be the central vertical line of the drawing.
3) From the upper border of the head, mark a segment equal to the height of the head. This will be the upper boundary of the figure.
4) From the top of the head, draw downward seven segments equal to the height of the head and one segment equal to two-thirds the height of the head.
5) From the central vertical line of the figure, measure and draw:
• Three segments equal to the width of the head – to the left of the line.
• One segment equal to the width of the head – to the right of the line.
• One segment equal to one-third the width of the head – to the right of the line.
Through the boundaries of the segments we draw vertical lines. The extreme left and right segments are the vertical boundaries of the drawing.
Mark off the width and height of the picture. Define the general proportions of the geisha. Draw the shape of her head. Add a line that will act as its center.
Sketch the geisha’s neck, kimono and handle of her umbrella.
Add guidelines for the arms, hands, feet and facial features of the geisha.
Draw the shapes of the arms, hands, feet, ear, nose, eyebrows, umbrella and shoes soles.
Add the geisha’s lips, eyes, hair, fingers, kimono and shoes. Pay attention to the parts of her umbrella.
Add more lines to the hair, kimono, umbrella and shoes to show tiny details.
Work on the figure, paying special attention to detail.
Contour the geisha, trying to vary the thickness and darkness of the line. Add more detail. Erase all guidelines.
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