Ears are often hidden by the Hair, and the beauty of it depends on how it is drawn. Just like eyes, nose, mouth, ears are also so unique. Some people may have long ears, some short, some flat, some curved etc. It is good for your artistic career that next time you see someone you should start observing the structure of their ears. If you see any image on the magazine start studying the shape of the ears. Gradually as days go by these observations what you do will become your habit and will start studying structure and shapes and everything you look. Below is the step by step lesson on how to draw ears. You initially study the side view of the ear and then learn how to shade the ear.
Step 1: We are going to learn to draw left side of the ear. As a first step you need to draw two light parallel lines. Draw thin lines as shown in the image below. It need not be exactly the same, but can be more or less similar. This is just to give you an idea of how a ear looks. The image below has three different curves which are showing that it is an Ear.
Step 2: In Step 2 we will add another two more curves inside the ear part. This is more like contours of the ears. We will not be discussing or referring to any scientific or technical names in our drawings, but more towards what we draw.
Step 3: In Step 3 we will concentrate on putting some shades in the inner part of the Ear. In the Ear it has curves and it has depth, so you need to shade the inside part of the year to show the depth in the drawing. In this image the assumption is the light is falling from right to left.
Step 4: Moving to step 4, you also need to shade the outside curve of the Ear. Remember the light is falling from the top right side, hence when the light falls from the right, the left side will have the shade or it will be dark. Practice this now. We will see a separate chapter in which we will study indepth on Light & Shades.
Step 5: In the next step, you will give more stress to the pencil when shading, and cover more shades, to give the image a real three dimensional effect, the ups and downs. When you read about light and shade, in theory, initially it will be confusing. By practice and over time you will gain experience and you will become a master in it.
Step 6: In the next step, you need to further shade the left side of the ear to show more effect. There is not much of different between Step 5 & Step 6 except for the depth.
Step 7: In Step 7 you will need to draw some shade outside the ear, to show the presence of Hair and also to show an effect of the Ear that it is part of the head. In the image shown below you can see the shadow at the lower part of the ear, represents the light falling from top right side.
Step 8:In the last step you need to give further shade to darken the picture. Take an 8B pencil and draw some thick line on the outside of the ear to give further effect. It is simple as usual you need to be patient when you draw, you may not get a satisfied picture at the first stage, but through continuous practice your drawings can improve significantly.