Week 10 | March 1-7
learn to draw faces
Sun: full head
Our Making Art Everyday theme for March is PEOPLE! If your initial reaction is, “WOAH LISA! Drawing people is super hard!” then I’m here to let you know that I designed this month of MAE just for you! Drawing people can be SUPER intimidating, especially for those who are newer to drawing.
So I dreamed up a series of tutorials to give you a helping hand along the way. I wanted to make some simple tutorials that would give you a system to not only take an easy and creative approach to drawing people, but that would help you begin to develop your OWN style.
That’s what led me to create People Skills: a series of tutorials and assignments that will get you familiar with drawing humans and help you develop your own people-drawing style. I’ve designed this sequence of tutorials to follow the weekly themes for this month. Each day there will be a new lesson, and most of the days will feature a tutorial. I’ve created a special People Skills page that will present you with all the lessons. Each lesson has its own page as well — featuring the tutorial, additional information, homework, and examples.
This is essentially a people-drawing course. If you have a little bit of time to dedicate to it each day, you will learn a TON! Most days, you won’t be making a finished piece, but you’ll definitely be building your skills.
Over on the @bardotbrush Instagram this month, I will be sharing some handy infographics I made for all the People Skills lessons! Plus, we will be sharing people-themed artwork made by amazing Bardot Brush artists all month long to inspire you. Be sure to follow us, so you don’t miss it!
Week 10: Learn to Draw Faces
Are you ready to take the people-drawing plunge? The first week of People Skills is all about the face. Each day we’ll focus on a different facial feature, plus facial proportion rules (and how to break them). For this week, DO NOT focus on creating a finished, polished piece each day. Instead, try the homework assignments on the People Skill lesson pages. They are more like “style-idea-brainstorming-sketch-sessions”. Then you can wrap up the week by drawing a complete face!
Sun: full head
The best place to catch the live stream is on the Bardot Brush YouTube Channel. Don’t forget: You can watch or re-watch the previous livestreams on my tutorials page on Bardot Brush!
In this video, you’ll be getting an understanding of the most basic way to draw an eye (the minimal depiction) and then observing an eye and determine it’s most basic elements.
Noses can be a tricky thing to draw as most of the shape and definition comes from shadows. In this tutorial we’ll break the nose down into basic elements and then use those to draw noses in many ways and many angles.
The mouth can be challenging because it can move — a lot! Far more than any of the other facial features, so there is a lot of room for variation and different mouth poses to study.
The ears are actually really fun to draw! Since they don’t move, it’s much easier to study them and then get super creative with our stylization.
This tutorial will teach you about basic facial proportions and teach you how to set up a couple different guides to get you started. See how to draw the face from multiple angles: front, 3/4 view, and profile.
Learn how to see hair as an overall shape, figure out where to put the highlights and shadows, and then add texture and details with lines.
Check off the circles as you work your way through the People Skills lessons and prompts. If you don’t get to do them all this month, revisit the series at any time to work on your progress!
(its a .Procreate file, so you can keep track of your progress right in Procreate!)
You’ll find instructions about how to use the Tracker at the link above. I even made you a star stamp brush for you to use! It’s my Procreate version of a gold star sticker.
We’ve got a Facebook group just for participants of Making Art Everyday and all things Bardot Brush! Come join our group of supportive artists of all skill levels, share your work, ask questions, and be a part of the community!
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