How to Draw Ears
Learn how to draw ears as they are seen from the front, the side, and
We start with the side view.
You can click on these links, to jump to the front view
How to Draw Ears - Part 1: Front View
First, draw a
rectangle that is twice as high as it is broad.
This will help us to keep the ear in the right proportions.
Now outline the
ear's basic shape.
Let it start at the left side, close to the top, then curve upwards to
touch the rectangle's top in the middle, and curve down again
afterwards, touching the rectangles right side. In a long curve it then
towards the bottom, where the small earlobe is finally ending its shape.
You can now
erase the rectangle, since we have the basic shape outlined.
the small tragus at the left side. I
think the whole point of this shape is to cover the ear hole,
to prevent particles from entering it.
ear's rim, by drawing a parallel line along its side.
Some ears have a small bump in their upper corner here.
tragus, the rim's shape continues and curves into the ear's inner part.
ears are very flat inside, but the average ear is quite a sculpture.
The shape inside of the ear looks like a curved version of the letter Y.
to draw this with a line that begins at the left top and curves down to
the bottom of the tragus, curving around the obstacle in its way.
Now you can see
the shape of the curved Y in the picture above.
Draw a small curve at its top, and outline its edge on the upper right.
In some ears
you can still see a bit of the ear hole; in other ears it is entirely
hidden behind the tragus.
I added it here as a small, dark shape.
case you want to shade your ear, draw the darkest values into the
places where the least light is falling on, and leave the brightest
places entirely white. Shading will strengthen the three-dimensional
depth of your picture.
to Draw Ears - Part 2: Front View
seen in front view can look very different from person to person,
depending on a lot of factors. I use just one example here, but once
you've learned to draw it, it will be much easier for you to draw all
kinds of different ears.
basic ear shape is almost the same as in the side view; the difference
just that the 1x2 proportions no longer apply. Draw the ear much
narrower instead. It is probably thrice as high as it is broad now.
Also take care to make all the curves much flatter.
Draw in the
beginning of the ear's upper rim. Make it fairly thick.
The rest of the
ear's rim lies in the back and appears to be a bit thinner. Note how
its line starts from behind
the line for the front rim.
Also add the tragus at the side.
Here is another
special thing about the front view.
The inner ear-structure can be seen bulging out
of the ear in
Here it is overlapping the ear's rim a little bit.
inner edge of this sculpture.
add a little dent at its top, and your ear is finished already.
I also cleaned up some of the fuzzy lines in this picture.
is just one way how an ear can look in front view. Observe the ears of
people you're talking to during the day, and you will notice the
strangest shapes and differences.
to Draw Ears - Part 3: Back View
An ear seen from behind is very simple to draw.
Just start out
with the basic shape, making it fairly narrow.
the structure of the cartilage that holds the ear in place.
And that's it already for this point of view.
Now you are familiar with the basics, but I strongly recommend that you
practice how to draw ears of different people. Ideally
you draw from live models. You can ask a friend to hold still, or draw
his ear while he is
reading a book without moving too much, for example. You can also draw
a picture of your own
ear. Either sit down in front of a large mirror, or hold a
small cosmetic mirror in your hand. Just draw what you see and pay
attention to the little nuances.
Only when drawing from nature you will become an expert on drawing