Expressive Little Faces: Proportions, Painting, Personality

Amarilys Henderson, Watercolor Illustrator, Design Thinker

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14 Videos (35m)
    • Intro to Expressive Little Faces

    • Simplifying the Face

    • Facial Proportions

    • Face Shapes

    • Mouths

    • Eyes

    • Noses

    • Putting Your Face Together

    • How I Do Faces

    • Facial Skin Tones

    • Painting Little Faces, Part 1

    • Painting Little Faces, Part 2

    • Final Tips for Your Faces

    • Show Us & Closing


About This Class


Ever wanted to feel more confident in drawing faces and develop a character style? This charming class is designed to help you make your own collection of Expressive Little Faces!. It's great for those who'd like to polish their skills to impress their friends or great clients. Being able to do faces well impacts how your entire line of creative work is perceived and how widely it can be marketed.

Topics discussed include:

  • Facial proportions--what goes where on the face and how much space in between?
  • Factors and variables to consider as you choose place facial features
  • Communicating expression in faces
  • Paint color mixing for various skin tones
  • Illustrating faces in watercolor 
  • Little details that make a big difference

Ready to get started? Watch, sketch, and paint with Amarilys!

Amarilys Henderson is an illustrator who has licensed editorial, fashion, stationery, home dec and surface design illustration.  Lately, though, she's on a greeting kick.

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GREAT class! Best one I've done on Skillshare yet :)
This class breaks the scary features of a face (eyes, nose!, mouth) down into manageable pieces. I had never drawn a face before, but this made me feel like it was possible!
Katie McLaughlin

Bloom Where You Are Planted

Inspiring! A lot of information told in a clear way. Nice step by step go through Looking forward to try :) THANKS FOR SHARING!





Amarilys Henderson

Watercolor Illustrator, Design Thinker

I process on paper and I problem-solve with keystrokes.

As a commercial illustrator, I've had the pleasure of bringing the dynamic vibrance of colorful watercolor strokes to everyday products. My work is licensed for greeting and Christmas cards, art prints, drawing books, and home decor items. My design background influences much of my recent work, revolving around typography and florals. 

If anything describes me, it's that I'm an explorer. I am interested in how things work, often bouncing from the fine art world to vectors, from paint to textile patterns. I'm forever ignited by new ideas and projects, aiming to master them while enjoying the process.

While my professional work in illustration and wedding stationery are driven by trend, my personal work springs from my faith. Bold beauty and ingenuity are my aim every time.

Read a recent article about Amarilys' work by Many Shapes Art.