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Drawing The Female Face

Kaisley Alvarez, Artist

Drawing The Female Face

Kaisley Alvarez, Artist

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8 Lessons (42m)
    • 1. Welcome

    • 2. The Tools You’ll Need

    • 3. The Head: Different Shapes and Angles

    • 4. Eyes & Eyebrows: How and Where to Position Them

    • 5. The Ears: Why They Are So Important

    • 6. Noses: There Are Many Types

    • 7. The Mouth: How They Position The Eyes

    • 8. Final Thoughts

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About This Class

There are various ways to draw the human face in a particular style/preference, but it all starts with the basic understanding of facial anatomy. Kaisley has been drawing since she was two years old; learning throughout all those years has allowed her to learn how to draw many things and improve artistically each year. In this class, you will join her to explore how to approach drawing the female face together. You will learn about the features of the face and how to arrange them accordingly, this would include:

  • Head shape and angles (straight on & side profile)
  • Eye shapes
  • Ear shapes
  • Nose shapes
  • Mouth shapes

This class is for anyone who wants to learn how to draw the female face and are willing to try it for themselves! No previous experience required.  

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Kaisley Alvarez




Hello, my name is Kaisley and I am a self-taught artist. I enjoy sketching during my free time and create colored pencil portraits every so often. My idea of the dream life is sitting somewhere peaceful in a beautiful place I have traveled to (like Spain, Italy, France, etc.) and draw people/interactions around me into my sketch book. Personally, I find that movies, shows, interesting people that surround me, and other aspects of life are immensely inspirational. Some examples of these inspirations include 90's movies and shows, period dramas, sketches made by famous artists, etc. I strive to incorporate these inspirations into my own art and continue to practice adding story elements into my drawings. When it comes to storytelling, I am ... See full profile

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1. Welcome: Hi, I'm Casely. I've been a self taught artist for about 18 years, and most of my work consists of pencil sketches or, more specifically, color pencil work, and I share all of those on my various social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook. In this class, I'll be showing you my personal progress of sketching the female face in the various tips that have helped me draw accurately and hopefully it will be help for you. Two. You'll be learning how to draw each facial feature and the proportions. The goal of this class is for you to gain understanding of the important relationship all these features have of one another and how they all come together to create the female face . Learning this skill will act as one of the many foundations for the rest of your journey as an artist. Whether you wish to illustrate your stories one day or just reimagine life doing in your sketchbook, knowing how to draw the female face will act with the foundation for you to create all those worlds masterpieces you have in mind ready to draw with me. I'm so excited to share these skills with you, and I hope you enjoy this class 2. The Tools You’ll Need: now to put this going to practice, you'll join me as both draw two. Female portrait. It's one as a straight on view and the other at the side of the face. You need two things in order to do this project first, a loose piece of paper or your sketchbook and pencil. It's finally time to start sketching, so grab your tools and let's get started. 3. The Head: Different Shapes and Angles: Hello. I'm so excited to decided to check out this class. So for this lesson, we'll be focusing on the head and the very shape. Second half, this all depends on the angle reviewing it from And of course, the face shape you want for your female character. So please keep in mind that this is not the only way to do this. Always be open to trying new things and figuring out what method works best for you. I'm just here to share what personally works for me. Okay, So I believe that the key to approaching drawing the head is to start with basic shapes. Try to simplify things in order to not over complicate them and over woman yourself in the process. Okay. So to start, begin by drawing a simple circle. This represents the top of the head. Now, when it comes to the rest, it really all depends on the type of face shape. You want your specific character tohave this we'll really show where your character comes from and will serve as the base for the rest of the facial features. For the first example, she will have a fuller face, which means softer cheekbones, shorter chin in a softer jawline. Now, how I mentioned before, there are so many different types of faces. There's high cheekbones, longer chins, softer draws, square jaws. All of these are important to keep in mind. So what if you do want your character to have higher cheekbones? Well, that would mean that the top of her face will be broader than the bottom. In this way, we can emphasize her cheekbones a lot more. Now, when we compare these two examples, you can see that there are some small differences and that the face shape does look a little bit different. Another face shape option is one with a square to find jaw. Your character could have this feature. This can be possible by making the chin a little bit shorter and emphasizing the sharper corners on the sides of her face. Now, if you notice the's, small changes can really, really alternate the shape. Now let's go to the last example here, and this one will have a narrow forehead, fuller cheeks in a taper chin. To get a general idea over the face would be I start with indicating the middle of the face with a simple line. This line gives not only an idea of where the middle of the face would be, but also directs me on where the face could be looking at. I also make sure to make a general placement of where the ears would be. Now we will talk about ears in a future lesson, but for now they do let me determine the areas where, in most of the facial features will be placed. I also you see ears as they make two lines across the face, using the top and the bottom of the ears to guide me the top off the ears indicate to me where the ice will be placed. Well, the bottom of the ears indicate the overall area where the bottom tip of the nose might be . Although it involves the same process, these arrangements do get altered depending on the face shape, which you will see with the rest of the examples. The last thing I dio in order to map out the placement of these features is create a mask. You may have seen this if you follow me on Instagram. I have watched my little sketching videos. This helps me sort of group together all these facial features, we're pushing aside the negative space on the face. Such a set cheeks, the forehead in the chin. For the most part, I let it indicate the outer corners of these features, mapping out the places where they would be without making anything official. Yet another way this technique helps me is to remember the relationship. Thes features half of one another, for example, remembering that for the most part the corners of the lips line up with the middle of the eyes. Remember, the mask is not supposed to be restricting. It's only a loose blueprint for the face. I don't think you can go over these lines when you actually start putting features on your character. So can you see the slight differences in the length and width of the mask? Based on these examples, this shows that the face shape really does determine everything else will be on it personally. I do see the differences, and I hope you do, too. So now that we're done with that explanation to make this more memorable and digestible, I'll start to color coat these faces. I hope that by doing this it will make it that much easier to remember and identify each of the steps that we did for this specific angle of the head. Now we'll be using these four examples and drawing them if you were looking at them from the side. This means that has shaped will be different. So instead of a circle, it's more of an oval. If you were to look at a human school, you can see that our heads are not perfectly round from that angle. So we have to make sure that we include that in these examples. The middle line I drew when the face was straight is now represented here. Also keep in mind then. Now we're seeing the back of the head as well, so we need to make that distinction between the back and the front. This is where I would place the ear. Now let's include the jaw. This varies of course and shape, depending on the type of jaw you want your character to have. Well, that's used the year again to map out the rest of the features. Remember that from this side angle it would only be half of the mask. So now Let's color this example to get a clearer view of what we've done, the front would be blue, the back would be purple and the yellow will represent the mask again. This little line that's still in the case of middle of the face will be the base for the rest of the features, like the nose and the lips. So now let's do this again for the rest of the examples, and hopefully you will see some differences between them. So by now you'll see that from this angle, the different shapes of the jaws in each example are actually really noticeable. Okay, so hopefully this approach can clear things up or even show some techniques that you can use on your own to practice. Please make sure that you decide which face shape you want for your own character. And remember, it doesn't have to be limited to these four options. Draw your character's head on straight and side view and get ready to jump to the next lesson. See you there 4. Eyes & Eyebrows: How and Where to Position Them: Hello again. Now let's talk about eyes and eyebrows. As I said before, when I'm drawing something, I try to break things down into simple shapes. So for the eyes, I, of course, want to start with a simple circle. No matter what angle, we will be looking at it from the eyes. Actual shape is actually determined by the eyelids. So to start the front view of the I, I begin to draw on the top lid by making a small curve where the tear duct was start, and then I draw across a circle that actually represents the eyeball. Then I will draw the bottom eyelid while also keeping in mind what kind of eye shape I want to create. And, of course, I'll connect that line with the rest of the tear duct, depending on what kind of eyes you want to create. You can choose to make the eyelids prominent or thinner after determining the eye shape. I, of course, finish it off by drawing the pupil and the eyelashes just like that before, do not be afraid of creating the top lead and going across a circle ever percent see eyeball. It's just a blueprint now, the eye shape will definitely look different from this angle. In this example, the tear duct is not visible if it helps. To me, it kind of looks like a Pacman mouth from this angle. After all of that, of course, the last things to draw would be the pupil and the eyelashes when it comes to the eyebrows , a helpful way to position them to think of an upside down triangle. To me, the beginning of the eye determines the general area where the eyebrow would start. Then the middle of the eye determines where the arch of the eyebrow would go, depending on the brow you're actually going for. And finally, the outer corner of the eye indicates where the end of the eyebrow would go. All of this also applies to the side view, but just a little bit more compressed due to the angle. Now let's apply this to the faces. Everyone has different types of eyebrows, however. They're all generally placed around the top of the mask we made, and for the most part, they have a natural arch. Even if it's not noticeable in some people, Please do not try so hard to make the match. They're not identical, so don't worry about that. As you notice in the first example, I gave her a straighter and full of brow. For the 2nd 1 I decided to give her thinner brows. This way. We can clearly see the differences between the different types of eyebrows. The 3rd 1 has a more noticeable arch but still thicker eyebrows. The last one has a more noticeable arch, but thin brows notice how the mask serves the area to put the eyebrows on, but it's not really a strict way of doing it. Please remember that with the eyebrows, there are so many different ways you can draw them. So actually as it just studying from life and even looking at your own or your loved one's eyebrows to see the subtle differences. As you can see, I've already mapped out the eye with a simple circle. Remember, that doesn't really matter what angle you're working with. Always try to map out the eye with a simple circle and worry about the angles in the shape later on. So for the first example, i decided give her big doe eyes again. Well, I always start with a simple circle of my base. The shape of the I actually really depends on how I draw the island. The second example has more of an almond shaped eye. I decided that this eye shape compliments her high cheekbones greatly. Now you see me working on the third example, I decided I wanted to give her hooded eyes to give a more dramatic effect. For this last example, I decided I wanted to give her more elongated highs. I also decided that I wanted her eyelids to be less prominent. I just made these for examples. It's easy to see that there so many different types of eyes you can dio. There's big doe eyes, almond eyes, hooded eyes. And there's no doubt that thes I shapes give these characters a little bit more personality . When it comes to the side view, the eyes and the eyebrows will look a little bit different, as I mentioned before. Also remember that the eyebrows will not be the same length inside view as they are front view. The angle makes him look a little bit shorter. If you're following along this class and are doing the class project, please remember to pick a unique I shape for your character. Now that we have drawn the eyes and the eyebrows, it's time to learn all about the years. 5. The Ears: Why They Are So Important: Hi there. Now we will be moving on to the ears. You can see here that I drew two ovals. One will be thinner to show the front view of the year, and the other will be a thicker oval for the side view. After drawing these two shapes, I used them to create the outline of the year. Remember, the ear shapes do vary from person to person. When it comes to the inside part of the year, things can change. But I generally make sure to draw the cartilage in a sort of slanted Why shape? I promise this will make sense later on this y shaped cartilage that I'm talking about actually ranges in shape, depending on which way you're looking at it. This y shaped cartilage that I just mentioned, as you can see, looks very different from this side angle. It's a little bit thinner, and it actually sort of jumps out of the ear a little bit when you look at it from this angle. Hopefully, with this little example, you can see the direction, the carnal it's actually going. And what I mean when I say it's a why shaped it might look like a weird why, But if it helps you, you can think of it as another shape. One thing I like to mention as well is that something that really does depend on the person is actually the shape of the ear lobe, some around her and thicker was some ears don't even have prominent ear lobes. For the first face, she'll have fuller ear lobes. As you can see, the 2nd 1 has ears that stick out a lot more now. The 3rd 1 will have prominent years, but not as much as the previous example, along with thinner ear lobes. Lastly, this one's ears will be very prominent, and the year low will connect immediately to the sides of her face, which means that there isn't really that much skin for the site view. Not much will change. The ears will still look the same from this angle, but instead the entire shape. It's much clearer. So once you have decided the your shape for your character, you're ready for the next facial feature the nose. See you there 6. Noses: There Are Many Types: Now it's time to focus on the nose. To start, I always draw a simple shape for the tip of the nose. I switch between diamond shape, oval shape or triangle shape. It really all depends on the type of knows we're going for to draw the side of the nose and where the nostrils would be. I draw two ovals on the sides off that original shape. Then I vaguely estimate for the nose bridge would be and the curves that occur at the beginning of it. As you can see here, I begin drawing the tip of the nose and connected to the nostrils. Of course, the shape of it varies on how wide or how narrow the nose actually is and what the nostrils can look like to emphasize a sketch. I decide to include a little bit of shading. The side view actually starts the same way, but I make sure to emphasize the bottom tip of the nose and connected to the original shape I always start with. I want to show the bottom side of it because it is definitely a noticeable part. The nose from this angle, I think, connect that with the nose bridge and make sure that I'm actually satisfied with a type of shape I made for the nose. There are so many different types of no shapes in the world, so please keep that in mind when you want to create a unique nose for your character. I then draw an oval near the tip of the nose and then draw the nostril that can be visible from that angle. The nostril look a bit more elongated from this side compared to the front you. So now let's apply this to the faces. The first example. We'll have a standard button nose. The 2nd 1 will have more elongated and downturn nostrils. This will make the top of the nose a little bit higher than the nostrils, giving the nose of a bit of ah pointed it look. Meanwhile, the third example will have upturned nostrils. The last example. We'll have a more prominent and droopy knows, too, meaning that the nostrils are not as noticeable. The different shapes of these noses will be a lot more obvious from the side angle. The first example. We'll have a straight nose bridge and a button nose. The 2nd 1 will haven't even straighter nose bridge and the nose tip will not stick out so much. Her nostrils will also be a lot more elongated than the first example. The 3rd 1 will have a completely different nose bridge. With this example, you can really start to see the incredible difference in the shape of these noses. The last example will show that the nostrils air there, but not as noticeable due to the larger nose tip. Once you've created a nose for your character, you're officially ready to draw the next face feature, which is the mouth. See you there. 7. The Mouth: How They Position The Eyes: Finally, let's draw the mouth just like any other facial feature. There are a lot of different types of lips. I start drawing the lips by mapping out easy shapes like two ovals where the top lip would be and a bigger oval for the bottom lip. Then I make a clear indication of where the corners of the lips will go. The line across the mouth depends on the type of lips you want to create. If they have fuller lips, the line will be cursed or wavy. But if they have thinner lips, the line across the mouth will have less curves. An abyss. Traitor. Hopefully, this will make sense as we go on. Then I use the shaped I created to outline the shape of the lips. And that, of course, includes the shape of the Cubans. Both. I personally think that it always hopes to have the shape of it in mind before drying it. For the side view. There will be only two ovals, and they will meet in the middle of where the lips would actually part. Since this is a different angle, remember that the mouth will look a lot shorter. We're only seeing half of it. Because of that, I indicate the corner of the mouth to be a lot closer to the lips themselves. This also means that I would only have to draw half of the lip, since we're actually looking at just half of the mouth from the specific angle. I then start to draw the lip shape and include the top half of the Cupid's bow and a little bit of the chin. If you have any trouble drawing lips, you can definitely practice this for yourself by drawing your own lips or even looking up different types of them online. Now it's time to practice this on the faces. The first example will have fuller top and bottom lips. The left line for this example is fairly straight. The second example will have a fuller bottom lip. However, her mouth will be downturned, meaning that the lip line in the course of the lips will droop down. I actually used my own lips as reference for this example. The third face. We'll have a straight lip line and thinner lips. However, her Cupid's bow will be more prominent. The last examples lip corners will be upturned like a natural smile. Her top lip will be much there than her bottom lip. Now let's look at these lip shapes from the side view. From this angle, it is very easy to see the actual shape of the mouth and how much it actually sticks out from the face. When drawing this for yourself, make sure that the corner of the lips is in a general area where we indicated it should be , according to the mask. For the most part, it shouldn't lineup with the middle of a person's eye. As you can see the lip, Lincoln truly very and really serves as a base for what the lips will look like. Once you've decided the type of mouth you want for your character and have drawn it in both angles, you're officially done creating the female face. Feel free to add hair or any other characteristics to your character. Once you feel confident in the female face you have created, you're ready to hear the final thoughts on everything we have learned 8. Final Thoughts : Congratulations on making it this far. I hope you enjoy the class and the process of joined the female face. We've learned a lot about the head, ears, eyebrows in eyes, nose and mouth. I just want to say how much I appreciate that you have made it this far. You should have your own project completed, so please do not hesitate to publish your own in the project gallery. Here are some clips of me creating my own project. I drew the head shape and the Josh shape. I wanted for this drawing and mapped out the features I would include with the mask technique. - I then anchored all of these features with the ears and moved on to the eyebrows and used those to put the eyes in the appropriate areas. I then started to draw the nose and finished it all off with the lips. - At the end, I decided to give her hair to complete the project. I cannot wait to see your versions of this project, so don't forget to post yours. I really hope you enjoy this class and gain some knowledge from it. Thank you so much for watching and participating. Keep on drawing