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Faced With Fear: Conquering Your Fears of Illustrating Faces | Constructing The Face

Melissa Lee, allow yourself to fail before you succeed

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5 Videos (13m)
    • Introduction

      0:50
    • Constructing a Proportionate Face

      5:36
    • Exploring Exaggeration

      3:58
    • Reference Recommendations

      1:34
    • Closing Thoughts

      1:07
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About This Class

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Welcome to another session of Faced With Fear: Conquering Your Fears of Illustrating Faces! Throughout this series, illustrator Melissa Shaw guides you through the fundamentals of drawing and coloring feminine and masculine character portraits, from using basic shapes and line to build features to generating and implementing beautiful skin tone palettes.

In this class, Melissa demonstrates how to construct a proportionate face, and shares some helpful tips on exploring the possibilities of how to exaggerate the features for cartooning. Understanding the construction and proportion of the face is the first step towards designing successful characters.

The aim of this series is to provide you with the building blocks and knowledge you'll need in order to feel more confident in your ability to tackle drawing and coloring faces.

All levels of skill are welcome! 

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I admit, when I first saw how short the lesson about the actual construction of a face was, I didn't expect all that much to come out of it. But boy was I wrong :O This class has helped me a lot! Thank you :)
Very helpful and well explained
Definitely helped me shape out my characters faces better. Makes drawing faces less complicated and more fun. : )

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Melissa Lee

allow yourself to fail before you succeed

Hi! My name's Melissa (Missa) Lee Shaw, and I'm an illustrator and watercolor painter from Northern California. I've been drawing for as long as I can remember, and it's all I've ever really wanted to do. I started teaching myself how to draw digitally in 2010 when I got my first tablet, and since then I've had a growing fascination with the digital art world. It's pretty rad. I graduated from California State University of Sacramento with a BA in Studio Art and a focus in the Electro...

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