Ready for a quick little quiz? Sure you are :-) Try this:
Here's what you do: go look for what you've just been exposed to. Here's a penciled caricature of Alan Greenspan. Q: Can you identify these four parts of the ear?:
- the helix,
- the y-shaped antihelix,
- the ear lobe, and
- the shadow shape in the middle (even though this part is partially if not completely obscured by the glasses).
- Bonus points: what is it about the glasses that suggest proportion and perspective? Any clue within the eyes? [Answers below.]
The honorable Alan Greenspan
And which part of his ear got slightly chopped off by the border around his picture? (Talk about budget cuts!) Did you correctly guess the helix? Alright! You're studying and it's paying off. :-)
Again, squint your eyes to see drawable parts (the shadow shape is
largely hid by the glasses and the part of the helix is cropped)
[Answer to bonus points #5: Proportion is a measure of relationship. You know that both the left and right halves of the glasses are pretty much the same size. Yet, in this picture you can see the half of the glasses closest to you (the half on the left side of the picture) are much bigger than the half on the right. This is an effect of perspective: the farther away something is, the smaller it looks.
If Mr. Greenspan were looking straight at you rather than being rotated the way he is here, both halves of the glasses would look proportionate - you'd see them as the same size. Also look at the eyes. Notice how the eye farther away is proportionately smaller? In fact when two objects are the same size but one is farther away than the other there's a mathematic relationship between it's perceived size and it's actual size. But all you have to be is aware of is the fact that distance shrinks.]
One more quick quiz: Can you also see the different parts of the ear in this caricature of Mr. Ted Koppel? The four main drawable parts are pretty well hid by that abundant Koppel hair-do (and also because his ears are drawn pretty flat). No extra help on this one - go for it, you can recognize and name the parts:
Mr. Ted Koppel
Before I send you off to draw an ear or two, check out this last drawing and be aware of how the ear appears when viewed from different angles and be cognizant of it's placement on the face.
1) One shows you two things: the nearly vertical lines show you how the ear and the front plane of the face line up. And secondly, you can also see the dotted horizontal line which demonstrates how the bottom of the ear and the bottom of the nose align.
2) Number two shows you the ear viewed from behind and it's approximate funnel shape (the shape closest to the right hand border is the funnel; the next shape to the left is the ear as it might appear when viewed from behind. (Question: what parts of the ear are most visible viewed from behind? Ans: The helix, the lobe and the basin of the ear - which we haven't mentioned - but it's really the area that forms the shadow shape of the ear when you view the ear from front and side.)
Want to try drawing and ear just for fun?
A left ear for you to draw
You get to draw this ear! Not to worry, just use what you've learned in the first sections on the basics of drawing. Click here to review:
Drawing Basics I
Drawing Basics II
Click on this next button for a left ear with a grid pasted right over it:
Note: If a new screen doesn't open on your computer monitor, click on the last Internet Explorer or Netscape mini-icon on the right at the very bottom of your computer screen. This should pop the new browser back up to the top. If that doesn't work, click on all of the browser icons one at a time along the bottom of your screen until you see the correct picture pop up. And you'll know which one that is. Go right down the row and click on these:
Click here to see this ear with a grid:
And here's your empty grid. You'll need it to draw the two ears from above. Print it out a few copies for either ear and dive on in! (Make as many copies as you like - get lot's of practice and soon you'll have the parts of the ear committed to memory and you'll find yourself finding them on every one you see :-).