Draw Like an Egyptian

Ancient Egyptian Art always uses a style called frontalism. This means that the head of the person is always drawn in profile with one eye drawn in full from a front view.  The shoulders and chest are both seen from the front.  The legs are turned to the side, in the same direction as the head, with one foot placed in front of the other. The head is facing straight ahead. The face is calm.  The person stands or sits with a stiff posture.


To Draw a Picture of an Ancient Egyptian, Just Follow These Five Steps…


1.    The Head
Draw the head and the neck from the side view. Add one eye from a front view. Outline it in black. Add an eyebrow that is curved and black. Draw the lips from the side view. Draw a black wig showing the ear.

2.    Shoulders & Chest
Draw the shoulders and chest as if you’re looking at them from the front. The arms are drawn according to what the figure is holding.

3.    Hips, Legs & Feet
The hips, legs and feet are drawn from the side view.

4.    Skin Tone
Color the skin tan.

5.    Clothes
Men wore short skirts. Women wore straight dresses that were held in place by two straps. Clothes were mostly white. Men and women often wore brightly colored jeweled collars.

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