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

Melissa Lee Shaw, allow yourself to fail before you succeed

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5 Videos (15m)
    • Introduction

      1:10
    • Reference Recommendation

      1:05
    • Understanding Typically "Masculine" Features

      5:03
    • Drawing Demo

      6:18
    • Closing

      1:01

About This Class

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Welcome to the second session of Faced With Fear: Conquering Your Fears of Illustrating Faces! Throughout this three part 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. The sessions are divided as follows:

Part One - The Feminine Face

Part Two - The Masculine Face

Part Three - Coloring in Photoshop

In this second class, Melissa will take you through her drawing process, focusing on typically "masculine" features, and demonstrate how to draw a character turnaround. 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.

You don’t need any prior illustration or character design experience for this class, and no software is required. All you need is a piece of paper, a pencil, and 15 minutes!

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Drawing faces is always intimidating - love Melissa's encouragement at the end, and her instructions are clear to follow!
I would have liked more instruction on turning the face to full profile. That is where I really struggled but overall I learned a lot.

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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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