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Glasses will help you draw realistic ears. ;)

The ear is the organ that detects sound. It not only receives sound, but also aids in balance and body position.

Ears and punishment[edit]

The human ear is sometimes used for the corporal punishment of children, by gripping the ear or earlobe firmly and pinching, pulling and/or twisting it (see also pulling the ear) to cause severe pain to the child.

One reason for this may be that the ear is within quick reach. One can look into the child's face while talking to them, their ear being pulled or twisted. While the ear is held, the child is likely to be cooperative because struggling and any opposing motion with the head or body will result in immediate pain. For this reason the grip on the ear is also popular for forced motion. Another reason is that the ear is sensitive and delicate.

Children who have had their ears twisted or pulled describe the sensation to be as though the ear is being violently torn from his/her face. A 120 degree twist or a sharp pull can cause excruciating and immediate pain to the child. Also if done hard, the ear continues to ache after the twisting or pulling. However if the ear is pulled too hard, the skin around the ear can tear which can cause bleeding.

How to draw ears[edit]

The human ears are on the sides of the head and range in height approximately from the eyebrows to the bottom of the nose. The top of where the ear connects to the head is about at eye level. In 3D figure drawing, it helps to visualize the head wearing glasses: The temples connect to the top of the ears. At any angle of the head, the ears must always be in the proper positions relative to the eyes.

For the details of the ear, refer to drawings and photographs, and see the tutorial links below.

In cartoon and comic drawing, abstraction is key and ears can be very simplified. Provided the abstraction is done well, with an understanding and care for the desired size, position, and 3D shapes in mind, the result will be good. Often, the ear appears only as a featureless oval "C" shape at the side of the head. Sometimes the interior of the outer ear is suggested by a curved line inside, possibly complemented by a second curved line branching from it in a "T" or "Y" shape — for example, as in the Simpsons characters.

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