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Drawing faces takes a lot of practice. But by following these guidelines, artists of all levels of ability can learn to draw a face that has the correct proportions, and does not depict the prophet Muhammad.

Drawing faces takes a lot of practice. But by following these guidelines, artists of all levels of ability can learn to draw a face that has the correct proportions, and does not depict the prophet Muhammad. Ready? Let’s draw!


Step 1

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Draw an upside-down egg. Don’t worry about making it perfect — you can go back later and make it look less like the prophet Muhammad.

Step 2

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Lightly draw in some guidelines: a vertical line down the center of the face, and two horizontal lines. At this stage, it doesn’t even look like a face yet, so there’s little worry that you will offend a quarter of the world, or prompt any extremists to murder you. Just make sure that you haven’t drawn a speech bubble saying “Hi, I am the prophet Muhammad.” That’s a common beginner’s mistake.

Step 3

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Draw in the eyes and nose. The mouth is roughly 1/3 down in the lower half of the face. Draw it smiling, since Muhammad was probably too busy founding a religion to smile much. No wait, draw it frowning. He was probably pretty happy since he knew God. You know what, don’t draw a mouth at all.

Step 4

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Cool. Cool. This could be anyone.

Step 5

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Wait, is it bad that it could be anyone? Better draw in some stuff Muhammad definitely wouldn’t have, like a septum piercing and cat whiskers. And a mustache and Google Glass and a beehive hairdo and rabbit ears. Muhammad doesn’t have those! Wait, if he did have rabbit ears it would probably be super offensive though. Crap crap crap. Erase all that.

Step 6

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STOP STOP STOP

Step fire

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Do NOT throw the drawing in a fire. That would be VERY disrespectful, if it were Muhammad, WHICH IT IS NOT. Place it in a gold box and keep it safe forever. Also update: Muhammad did not know God but received His word from the archangel Gabriel. So a frowny mouth would have been fine.

Step 1 again

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Let’s just start over.

Step 2

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I TOLD YOU THIS WAS A COMMON MISTAKE.

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