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

Melissa Lee Shaw, 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

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! 

22 of 22 students recommendSee All

great teacher and class
Tania Dalberto

Learning to get creativity

really nicely explained tips on getting the proportions right and lovely ideas to make faces more interesting. better get drawing!
Rob Sutcliffe

Let's design stuff

Great class for a beginning cartoonist! Thanks!

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Melissa Lee Shaw

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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