Design a Female Character: Sketching Portraits with Pencils

Gabrielle Brickey, Portrait Artist -

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15 Videos (59m)
    • Introduction

    • Class Project

    • Materials

    • Line Quality

    • Proportions

    • Drawing Eyes

    • Drawing Noses

    • Drawing Lips

    • Subtle Expressions

    • Drawing the Head

    • Drawing Hair

    • Adding Accessories

    • Video Demonstration

    • Photographing and Scanning Your Work

    • Tips and Closing Thoughts


About This Class


Have you ever been interested in drawing stylized female characters, but didn’t know where to start? If so, then this is the class for you!

In this course we’ll dive into the process of sketching cute female characters with pencils. We’ll walk through materials and pencil techniques, then break down sketching the face, feature by feature, in easy to follow steps. In this class, even beginners will find that they can draw female characters with ease!

This course is full of worksheets, guides, tutorials, tips, and references to help prepare you for drawing female characters — with loads of video demonstrations to help you solidify the information, while watching it in action! 

By the end of this class, you will know how to draw a variety of female eyes, noses, mouths, and hair styles that you can then work in to endless combinations. 

Ready to start creating? Join today!


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This a fantastic class on learning to draw faces. The instructors ability to simplify the shapes - is about the best I have seen yet. Amazing! So, excited to draw faces after taking this class. THANK YOU!!!!
Wonderful class. Definitely teaches how to improve your drawings. I want to keep practicing!
I even shared this directly to a friend of mine who has problem with line variation and eye shape proportions! <3 This really helped me put the distance between things in perspective, and it's nice to actually see that a great drawing can still be created without doing the head first! I feel constrained and I draw too small when I do that, so maybe this will help!
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Paint to Paint, Art to Art





Gabrielle Brickey

Portrait Artist -

Gabrielle is an exciting artist who is gaining attention in the art world.

Her love for exploring different materials has made her proficient in creating artworks using a variety of mediums, including charcoal, graphite, pastel, oil paints, markers, and digital media. Her distinctive style has garnered her numerous commissioned works as well.

Gabrielle has an Associates Degree in Visual Arts. In college and in her training with art professionals, she has taken a variety of art courses, including two and three dimensional design, color theory, portraiture, figure drawing, and painting.

Devoted to her craft, Gabrielle is always pushing her skills and learning new techniques by creating art every day. She is also currently a member of a life drawing group, where she practices painting with a live model and fellow artists. 

Driven by the amazing qualities of the human form and face, Gabrielle hopes to record the beauty of life in her art for others to enjoy.


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