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Drawing Faces: How to draw a portrait

Joshua Johnson, Freelance Illustrator

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10 Lessons (2h)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Lesson 1 Basic Face Shapes

    • 3. Lesson 2 Anatomy of the Eyes

    • 4. Lesson 3 Anatomy of the Nose

    • 5. Lesson 4 Anatomy of the Mouth

    • 6. Lesson 5 Anatomy of the Ears

    • 7. Lesson 6 Refining the Basic Face Shapes

    • 8. Lesson 7 Drawing from a Photo Reference

    • 9. Lesson 8 The Complete Portrait (Part 1)

    • 10. Lesson 8 The Complete Portrait (Part 2)

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About This Class

Do you want to improve your face drawing skills, or just want to impress your parents and friends? Then you have come to the right place. This class discusses how to draw any face, but not in the method that leaves you with the very specific skill of drawing Beyonce with a 6B graphite pencil. We are talking ANY FACE! (That includes Beyonce if you like.) The class includes: breaking the face down into basic shapes, arranging the shapes to make faces from you imagination, learning basic facial anatomy, refining the shapes to look more specific to the person you are drawing, and finally being able to draw whatever face you want in whatever style you prefer.

-Students will create a final portrait of a person of their choice, whether it is themselves, their best friend, their parent, or their favorite movie/tv character.

-This class is geared towards people who want to draw portraits/faces. Portraits can be utilized in illustrations, posters, fine art, animations, gifts for family and friends, or just for fun!


  • page of Basic Face Shapes
  • page of Eyes
  • page of Noses
  • page of Mouths
  • page of Ears
  • page of imaginary faces
  • final portrait





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Joshua Johnson

Freelance Illustrator

I'm a freelance illustrator residing in San Juan, Puerto Rico, just transplanted from Austin, Texas. I draw traditionally with pen and ink and then digitatize and manipulate with Photoshop and a drawing tablet to add color, alter composition, and finalize my pieces. I'm fairly new to the industry, coming from a music teaching background, so my client list is small, but I have done several personal projects over the last two years (see my finished portfolio on my website) and sell these items ...

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