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Facial Reference: The Ears by CGCookie Facial Reference: The Ears by CGCookie

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Artist: Tim Von Rueden (vonn)

Another Facial structure reference for you guys to use as a resource in your own work. This is something I've seen to help me draw ears and I hope it helps you as well. Ears can be tricky but if you think of them as a hook, y, and bump, it made drawings ears much easier for me.
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g2x Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016  Professional Photographer
very helpful :D
Coen2 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015
Your tutorial helps me, thanks a lot.
yellowpup411 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks that helps alot
RyugaSSJ3 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Aw sweet,yo.
EvilFishmonger Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015
This is really absolutely fantastic. I really appreciate how you broke it down into forms -- it makes it both easy to remember and effective, and it works just as well for more comicy art that I'm working on as it seems to for the more realistic stuff. Thanks for making this!
ShamrockGuy Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so muuuuch for this! :D
JpotatoTL2D Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the concept, I have many issues with ears, and then I keep the basic shape with only one or two details at most, really helpful !
Sakreon Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really helpful, thank you!
philippeL Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for sharing - and brilliant idea to make us think of hook, Y and bump :thumbsup:
mariasim Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you so much! It was very helpfull! :)
Sora-Yakoshi Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Student Writer
7th-Child Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That's... Well that's...pretty badass lol... -doomed-

Synn0Nihm Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sonofrage Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for this helpful tutorial!!
xPassiflorax Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist
Thank you a lot! I often have my problems with drawing ears.
mistermints Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this really helped me out, thank you!
Red-WereZ Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I definitely need to remember this I'm so bad at ears! XD Thank you for uploading this! :D
TenPastMidnight Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great reference! The hook, y and bump really make things easier! :D
BloodCurdlingRaccoon Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Never noticed the Y all ears have in common! Wow! 
quietpeople Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Student General Artist
I love the different sized ears. I hate drawing ears so much, that I try to hide them behind hair. Your tute is going to change this. Thanks for posting!
AmethystForge Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
:aww: Woo hoo! not many ear tutorials out there that show examples this well. thank you :)
AuroraLaLune Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
To point them like an elf its a couple of steps more at least for me. I usually draw a realistic ear then make adjustments and draw over it. A good technique is to not point the inside structure all the way and to have the cartilage do a vast majority of the shape. Also researching animal ears is also useful in understanding how they all work. Sometimes Ive done elven ears without true human influence in how they are done but that outwardly they look like they could be pointed human ears, yet they are done with mixed mixed anatomy from a feline, or another animal with pointed ears as well as human. 
aethelar Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
A very clearly explained tutorial - ears finally make sense! I've used your method here, thank you for sharing it n_n
Ledraali Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. Ears have always confused me greatly. No more drawing hair over the top of them!
CGCookie Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Great to "hear" that you are proud to show your ears now!
dudgus2429 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014
Frienddesign Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
be0711 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
prechoco Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Student General Artist
Drawing the body seems a whole lot easier once you break them down into segments! Thanks again!
DominicHautmann Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
very helpful!
jorgegimeno Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
thanks for the lesson
Lostinlust17 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Student Filmographer
I don't think I've ever seen ear angles before in a tutorial!! o.o
CGCookie Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Same, that's why i wanted to include different angles since Ears aren't always just drawn from the side!
Lostinlust17 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Student Filmographer
Could you imagine if they were?
Selparda Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This tutorial was great! :D I get confused when it is so many lines in the ear and I did not realize that people had quite similar ears, but now I can just remember the hook, y and bump. Make it a lot easier to draw ears. :)
CGCookie Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome! Hope this trick helps you when drawing ears =]
Prakorimas Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic tutorial!

Very clear and easily comprehensible!

Well done!

And thanks for sharing!
MisterChevious Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So helpful! I love your tutorials, especially this. Taking such a complex body part and simplifying the rendering process for the rest of us. :D This is wonderful. Thank you!
CGCookie Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Glad they seem to help out!
ElenaBosch Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
I was needing this too much, thanks!
ShioriAgatsuma Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
what i like the most about your tutorals is that you make each part of something look like something else to memorize it.. like "hook, y, then bump".... that ALONE made drawing ears for me personally...SOOOO much easier... so thank you great hero for helping me draw ears
CGCookie Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. A comment like this makes what we do all worth it. 
thestarvingartist1 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love all your resources! I'm finding myself hit favorite after favorite. Thanks for the help!
CGCookie Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Haha thanks for the favorite(s) =]
thestarvingartist1 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no problem. They will come in handy
RobynRose Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
this is also being stolen: fucktonofanatomyreferences.tum…
LovesickRenegade Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful! This finally made me understand how to draw the ear! Before seeing this all my ears looked like lumpy potatoes or something ha ha! Thanks so much!
CGCookie Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Glad this has helped!
metallicMaelstrom Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As often as it comes up in art, sometimes you just forget the basics; break it into manageable shapes. I just never realized how to do that on an ear before, thanks for this.
CGCookie Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Breaking down the different forms into shapes really helps me out when drawing things a bit more organically complex such as this! 
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