Yesterday I talked about why one might use a personalized face chart. Today let’s talk about how you can make your own personalized face chart. I always loved doing face charts. I never feels like work to me.
Face charts are a great way to demo colors and various looks before having the talent sit for you. It can save you time, money and a lot of frustration.
How to make your own face chart
- Take a picture of your actor where the face fills the frame. Make sure their hair is pulled back or otherwise combed away from the face. I like to use one where the actor is turned very slightly off center
- Enlarge the picture to 8 1/2 x 11 and print but leave a little space on the sides for notes.
- Using tracing paper, trace the actors face. You want to basic outline of shape, eyes, lips, etc…. No need to go into a lot of detail. This should be a line drawing because you will be using it as a starting point to create other looks. If you trace lightly, like I do, you may need to go over the lines again, one last time when you are finished. Using a light box is very helpful when tracing.
- Copy completed trace.
- Add lines for notes on the side or underneath the face.
- Copy face chart with lines.
Viola! You have a personalized face chart you can use over and over again!
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Please feel free to leave comments and let me know what you think. If you have a makeup or special fx website, I would love to hear about it.
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