Designing the shape of the face - 1

 

African Mask Design Lesson - Designing the Shape of the Face 1

 

  • Draw a simple shape for the outline of the face on the light paper.
  • This shape could be oval, circular, rectangular, elongated, heart-shaped, animal-shaped or human, or any combination of these.
  • Different outline shapes will give you different expressive effects.

 

Designing the shape of the face - 2

 

African Mask Design Lesson - Designing the Shape of the Face 2

 

  • Cut around the outline of the face but leave the face shape in place.
  • Now take the leftover background shape, flip it over to the other side and align it with the vertical centre line.
  • This will create the background for the negative side of the face. The remaining space will become the background for the positive side of the face.
  • This example is designed to form the shape of a heart - a symbol often used in mask design.

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African mask from Cameroon.

African mask from Cameroon.
Photo: © Daderot