Human Anatomy Fundamentals: Advanced Facial Features

What You’ll Be Creating In our last lesson we covered the basic, undifferentiated proportions of the face and shapes of its features. Now we look at how to make it unique: characteristics of gender, age, ethnic origin and other random genetic diversity. 1. Male vs. Female faces As is the case with the rest of the body, male and female faces vary from the extreme characteristics of their gender, to androgynous ambiguity. This section covers the former – the extremes of female and male features displayed in the face. Adjust in your characters as needed. The very first difference we see between a male and a female face: how pronounced and square the male jaw is compared to the soft curve of a female jaw. Interestingly, this difference also exists in some animals, such as cats. Other lines of the face are equally harder in males: the brow juts out wile it’s rounded in females, and the chin is pronounced.  A female head is overall smaller than a male head, and the neck more slender. The eyebrows are thinner and neater while the lips are fuller and of a more contrasted colour; a male’s eyebrows are lower over the eyes and thicker, following the general tendency of more hair on a male body. Male lips are thinner, but the mouth is wider. The eyelashes of grown women are longer and more visible, even without makeup. In profile we see that the female neck is not only more slender, but has a more pronounced forward movement; due to its bulk, the male neck looks more vertical. It also shows the...