Cartooning: Drawing Faces and Expressions

Ira Marcks, Illustrator / Cartoonist

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10 Lessons (23m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:20
    • 2. Tools

      1:21
    • 3. Face Basics

      2:45
    • 4. Face Variations

      1:09
    • 5. The Forehead

      0:36
    • 6. Turning the Head

      1:29
    • 7. Face Details

      1:13
    • 8. Finding Inspiration

      2:18
    • 9. Expressions

      10:19
    • 10. Wrap Up

      0:41
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Project Description

Assignment:

Your class project is to draw an expressive cartoon face! This can be a character that develops as you make your sketch, or perhaps one of your favorite characters drawn in your style! 

Materials:

Use whatever pencils, paper, and markers you have available. I recommend:

  • Prismacolor Premier Non-Photo Blue Pencils
  • Strathmore Sketch Pad
  • Kneaded Eraser
  • Ohuhu Dual Tip Markers

Getting Started:

Review 'Lesson 9: Expressions' and choose an expression to use in your drawing. Below are the twelve expressions I review in class. You can also download the reference sheet to print out.

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Stuck for character details? Research popular cartoon characters or actors that come to mind when you think of this expression and take inspiration from them! 

Sharing Your Work:

Share your final illustration and progress shots with the class by uploading to the "Your Project" section. If you have any questions or need more tips, please let me know! I'm happy to help! Here's an example of a cartoon face from my class!

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