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How To Draw a Female Face: Beginners Guide

teacher avatar Beach Life Studio, Illustration Artist

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9 Lessons (34m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Supplies I'm using

    • 3. Drawing the Front View

    • 4. Drawing the Side View

    • 5. Drawing the 3/4 View

    • 6. Drawing the Nose

    • 7. Drawing the Eyes

    • 8. Drawing the Mouth

    • 9. Final Pointers + Class Project

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About This Class

In this class I will take you through every step for drawing a female face. 

We will go through...

  • Front view
  • Side View
  • 3/4 View
  • Nose
  • Eyes
  • Mouth


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Beach Life Studio

Illustration Artist


Hi, I'm Carly!

The creator and owner of Beach Life Studio. I’m a British girl living in Australia, an artist and small business owner! You can find me drawing on the iPad or drinking my iced coffee. I enjoy sunny days filled with positive vibes.

I love creating uplifting designs to empower and inspire you to create your dream life! It’s never too late to start!

My journey started by sharing my art and creative process online. About one year in and I had slowly built up a freelance business, working with clients to illustrate their Children's book projects, portraits, logos and opening up my Etsy shop on the side.

Fast forward to the start of 2022, I have now created my own online store. Running it indepen... See full profile

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1. Intro: Hi everyone. Welcome back to my second Skillshare class. My name is Carly. I'm originally from the UK if I live in Adelaide, Australia now where I have been for almost four years, I currently illustrate for children's books, portrays, and I run my own shop. And I'm probably most known for my key it go characters I love to draw on Procreate. In this course today, I'm gonna take you free the basic steps of drawing a female face from the front side at three coats of yay. We're also going to just go over the eyes, nose, and mouth so that you have all that you need to create a character, female character of your iron. Today I'm going to be drawing with pencil and paper. So no matter what medium you use, this class is suitable for everybody. It's especially targeted for beginners, but anyone can take his class and maybe you just want to gain a little bit of knowledge again, or we learn the basics or the way the eye would go about drawing faces. If you'd like to see how I create a gal, portray character from start to finish in Procreate, you can check out my first Skillshare class here and also follow me here on Skillshare so that anytime I've laid new classes, you will always get an education and you won't miss one. So I hope you enjoy this. Let's jump into the first-class. I'll see you there. 2. Supplies I'm using: Okay, so for my supplies is pretty simple. I've just got this sketch brick HIV, which is a 135 GSM. And it's an A5 sketchbook from office works. And I ended up uneasy. And one of these pencils are only used the B pencil for the sketches on this stem, cos psi i o. So I just have a standard rubber here as well. And just for fun here are some pencil information that I got together for me. Sorry, the higher the number on the pencil with the hall to the writing core and the lighter, the mock left on the paper. The height indicates how hard the pencil is. The B indicates the blackness of the pencil mark, and F indicates that the pencil sharpeners to a fine point. So yeah, just thought that was pretty fun as you learn some new things myself there. So the pages in this are pretty good. As I said, it's a 135 GSM. And yeah, that's pretty much it for this for the supplies. And so you grab your pencil and paper and let's get started in the next class. 3. Drawing the Front View: Okay, so in this first video, we're gonna go through the basic structure of how to draw a female face front. So I'm starting off by drawing a simple circle and then I'm just darkening the lines around it just so we can see on the camera a bit better. Now we're just going to divide the circle in half. I bring in a line down the middle. And then about three quarters of the circle is going to be my guide to how phi bring it the extended line down. That's going to be the bottom of the chin. So now I'm going to divide the circle again in half. So we're left with four quarters. And then again in half, just undo that. And now we're going to join up the lines together. Sorry, I'm going to bring my pencil down slightly and just curve around the line. So by using this line from the edge of the circle, you can always change the shape of this because it just depends on your face shape you're going for. If you want a more pointy a chain or a more rounded chin. And then continuing from that line, I'm just going to indent the line slightly and outs again, kind of joining up to the top of the head. A little bit hard to explain, but hopefully you can just see from watching. Now I'm justified in the half of that side of the face into t. And this is just going I hope to show you wherever it sort of place the neck line. So on the inside second line I draw there is roughly where I will place the neg. Say on this line here is generally where I would place the eyebrows. And in this section here is usually hard put the eyes. The face can change a lot when it comes to styling up a character and dependent on the age that you want to and give the character as well. Also, it depends on the placement of things. And on this line here at the bottom of the circle is workplace, the NYSE. And just in the middle of the bottom section there is where I would put the mouth. So this is a general way of how I do my faces, but I know that lots of Hebrew would probably do them. Slightly different animals. I depends if you're doing a stylized character or a realism kind of leg. But this section here is also where just put the is. So usually is come from around the top of the eyes to the bottom of the gneiss. And now just showing you roughly where these features will be placed on the face. And for the eyes here this is a general guide, but if you want to know the placement of where they should guide, should always leave a gap a big enough for the Fed I in the middle. And then to help place the mouth, I usually divide the eyes into free sections. And then using the middle line there would be where the edge of the mouth with usually guy. And then for the, is, like I said before, the Atomic Age generally starts from the top of the eye and ends at the bottom of the NYSE. And then to figure out the hair line, I'll just divide the top part of the Sacco into three sections and use that top line to put the headline. Okay, Join me in the next video where we're going to now look at the side profile. 4. Drawing the Side View: Okay, so now let's draw a profile view from the side. Again, I'm just starting with a simple circle and the same as the periphery and just join a line down the middle again, exactly to the same point as before. And a line going across. And then divide in that bottom half of the face into two sections. So everything at the Marriott is exactly the same as the front feet. Now from the second line down, we're going to bring the line out a little bit and back down inwards and then up a little bit. It's really hard to explain as part, sorry, just hype around and sign off here for you to understand and to see how I did it. As I come up with this line, this is going to be where the ear places. In our sacral day. You just join that one from the line and that just gives you a guide. And then in this first segment here, I'm going to put the I and the eyebrows just on that light above. Next. I'm just joining up the lines here, bringing it out a little bit and then following around. This is where the noise is placed. So the nice kinda falls onto the bottom part of the circle. And the ellipse will be again in the middle part of the bottom segment. Is probably easier just to watch me do this part because it's quite tricky to explain that you just kinda follow the lines around at this point. I will get to how to draw the lips and nice and everything in the following videos, say don't worry about that for now. This is just to show you the placement of everything. So the error is placed sign at the top of the eye to the bottom of the NYSE. And I think I place it is slightly higher than I could've hit, but it doesn't matter too much. The neck just joins on from D and then comes in slightly. And then dividing the top part of the head into three sections. Again, this will just help me on where to place the hairline, which I forgot to add in just to help bring it all together. Okay, say join me in the next class where we are now just going to go through the free closer view of the face. I'll see you there. 5. Drawing the 3/4 View: In this video, we're now going to look at the free quota angle of the face. So again, I'm stein with doin a simple cycle. And then instead of bringing a line down the center of the circle, we're going to bring it over to the side a bit, bring it allay the cycle just like we did before. And then we're going to divide the circle in half horizontally, just from in the middle. And then again just below that, I'm going to divide that section into T as well. And navigate to join these two lines together, just like in the first two tutorials, I'll show you that that side on the left will be a lot smaller and decide we're going to drag the minor Anobit favor to me. The other side, if that makes sense, as the face is 10 slightly. And now continuing from that line, we're going to bring that up, indenting in width slightly and then outwards to join with the rest of the head. And then I'm just doing the exact same on the other side of the face. And now I'm just placed in the neck. I don't really have a specific way of joy in the neck, but I just buy by the width that I like to do the math because I stylize it and I do have my next pretty slim for my female characters. For the eyes Einstein by doing an X-shaped one for the left side as that will be 10 more to the side so you won't see the full eye. And then the right-hand side here is going to be the full cycle. The middle one is just showing you the distance between the eyes. And then just here at the bottom of the circle is where I would place the NYSE. And as you're turning to the side, the nice moves slightly turned up a little bit. This will just help us when we actually draw the nice, which we'll get to in the next videos. And then on this line here, this is where I would place the brows. And then in the bottom section here I'm just solve device may entity. And I'm going to place the mouth does there in the middle. Again, just making sure the left side of the face, everything is going to be squished slightly more. So you might see as much of the mouth. And then to help guide where the air would go, I usually use the line from the neck, bring it up and then sort of do the circle. And that's where the size finish off. I'll just place in the hairline again. So I just divide the top half of the head into three sections and just quickly put it in the a there as well, just so I can match up the hairline a little bit easier. So again, always remember the ASR from the top of the eyes down to the bottom of the nice. Okay, that's it for this video I just added in the final touches here just to help shy where everything is. And then you can join me in my next video, we're going to dive into the face features. 6. Drawing the Nose: Okay, now let's draw some noses. So again, start from the front of the nose. I'm just doing an oval shape kind of to the base and then a line kind of curving downward slightly just in the medulla. And then I'm going to add on the two nostrils so that you suggest upward curve is very slightly curved and leaving a little gap in the middle. And then joining the edges of the nose around. So it's kind of like following the guide of the base oval shape that we first sketched. So it's pretty easy. My ionizes the idea as well are pretty simple. And then I'll just give a nice little indent on the top there, which isn't really necessary, but I just want to do that. Okay, Moving on to the side profile night, I'm drawing the same oval shape, but tilting it outputs a little bit. I'm just drawing a line, having that guide Eval underneath. So following that around. And then adding in the nostril hair, I'm down at the side and enjoying that line again, just around to shape the nice. Sometimes you can add a little line just on the other side just to indicate the other nostril. So now I'll show you a nice as if the person's looking down. So I oval shape again and then the line that I drew in the middle, I'm doing this a little bit lower this time. And then I'm just gonna join around the edges and use this little line just in the middle of the bottom, say indicate the very top tip of the noise. And that's pretty much it for that one. And then you can always bring the lines up a little bit higher. And just to solve, indicate that at the bridge of the nice guy numWords. So now I'll just go for the complete side profile. I'm just quickly draw in the bass part of the face here just so it's easier to show you where the nose will die and how to draw it a bit better. So we have that base guide I'm just following with a line and bringing out slightly joined into the tip of the upper line. And that is pretty much it. You can always add the nostril line if you like, but it's not always necessary. And then just bring in that line down to show where the lips with God as well. And I'm just showing you here that sometimes drawing a noise can be really simple. All you need is a couple of lines. I have added some shadows in L1 to help define on the way they look. But most the time you can get away with just simple lines like this. So that's be a front-facing eyes and nose for a free society would pretty much just be the simple lines. You don't even have to add the extra little one here, but it's up to a. And then a downwards looking nice would literally be a simple line and that is it. You don't really have to do much else. I see for this class, Let's move on to the next one. I'll see you there. 7. Drawing the Eyes: Sorry, let's draw the eyes now. This is a front-facing VI and I'm just doing the right side. So it's drawing a simple cycle that's going to act as my guide. I'm starting from the bottom left hand corner and this is just going to be the top lash line. So I'm just following the circle round, bringing it back down. And dependent on what IHI P1, it depends on how far you bring the right side of the line down. And then I'm just fixing up the top lash line. The top ones are usually a lot more thicker than the bottom. And then as you get to the end, I bring it up into a points which will make a eyelash at the end. And then I'm just to add in a siphon eyelashes. And you can add as many eyelashes as you like, you can do them in your own way. And then for the Poisson pie, I'm bringing the very corner up very slightly and then back down, following around the circle line, keeping the lower lash thinner than the top one. And then just add an a couple of inches on the bottom of the as bot. So for the eye, I'm just doing a cycle making sure that it kind of hides a little bit onto the eyelash. Because if you do it straight in the middle, it can make the carboxylic really scared and very scattered mission. So yeah, and then adding a small people in the middle of that with a little circle at the side which represents the highlight. And then I always like to give a little line at the top to indicate the eyelid. So it's helped place the eyebrows IG line out with the inner corner of the eye and the outer edge of the eye. And then I'll just fill that in leaving the middle part of the eyebrow and then the analysis as you get to the end, the edge of the eye, it will get a phenol to draw the eyes as if they're closed. You just draw a simple line, downward slide a, and I'm just picking a knee up towards the ends, flicking out on the very corner for that eyelash. And then you can just add a couple of little eyelash strands at the very end as well or just leave it as is. And now I'm destroying a simple half-step will line to indicate where the eyelid is. And now for the side profile, so I'm starting with that circle again as my guide. And then saucy and a little lower than the middle two lines. So from one side of the cycle to the Alpha, the top line is a little bit steeper than the bottom line, and they both have a very slight curve. I'm going outwards. And then I'm just adding in the IRAs, the people and the highlight. And now I'm going back to that flashlight and it just picking up a lot more. And now I'm just adenine that line just to show where the eyelid is at the top. So the eyebrows again, I'm just lining up with the very edge of the eye. I'm bringing it across and down slightly, but this eyebrow from this angle will be unlocked. And now I'm just going to show you quickly on how to draw the free quota side profile way of drawing the eyes. So as you would have seen from the previous video, I started by drawing shapes. The middle one is just the space between the eyes to help ga, ga. And the right-hand side I is the I that's going to be showing more. So that's going to be a full cycle. So for the left eye, I'm doing the same technique again. So I'm starting at the bottom of the circle, bring an IFA and join it to the other side. So this i is a lot more squished as you can't see it, as well as the other one. And then just add in the flip for the eyelash. Say then I'm just following that circle around to help define the shape of the eye. And then doing the same thing. Then I'm just drawing in the people and the highlight. And as an old line just to indicate where the noise is. And so that brings me to the end of this video. So if you join me in the next class, we're going to finish off by going over how to draw the mouth. So I'll see you there. 8. Drawing the Mouth: Okay, so let's start by doing a front of your face and mouth. I'm going to start with an oval sketch and divide that into two. And just indicates in the corners of the mouth there. And then dividing a gang can just help guide on where the middle part of the mouth needs to be. So I'm just going to join up a line from the corner of the mouth, bringing it up and to the middle and down again. Now I'm just filling in the middle line of the lips. And I always like to bring up very slightly in the middle. I feel like it gives a cute look to the lips and makes them look more plump and sort of pouty. And just define it with a little bit of shadow in the middle, just gives the lips more definition. And now I'm just join up the bottom line for the lips and I'm keeping this more rounded. Whereas you see the top lips, the line in dense inwards slightly and goes up. And top lips are generally more funner than the bottom. For the way I like to draw mine. I like to keep them quiet, pretty full. So they're both similar in size, but it always does depend on what you want to achieve. So now I'm going to do another quick base sketch, which is a very strange shape, I should say it's like a sideways strawberry. Say describe it best. I'm, I'm gonna split that into two, making the line calves slightly at the larger side of the shape. And so we're doing a side profile of lips, hair starts in at the edge of the shape. I'm going to take the line up around an IV. And as these lips are facing towards the left, you're going to see more of the right-hand side. So as you bring that line down to the right, you wanna make it stretch out a little bit longer. And then I'm just filling in that middle line, again, making the little indent in the middle and then join in the bottom line. But keeping that one a little bit more rounded, that was a very hard one to explain. But hopefully you can just see by me drawer and it always takes a lot of practice, but doing these little sketch guides underneath ellipse, that can really help a lot. So now I'm going to show you how to do some really pouty lips. May be almost like she's blowing bubblegum. So I'm doing a circle and divide it into four sections. And then I'm just doing a kind of soft, roundish diamond shape in the middle. And I'm just continuing that middle line and to stay in the corners of the mouth there. And then I'm going to fly my circle guide by Turin around it to make the top lip. And then doing the exactly the same on the bottom is pretty simple. Once you've got the guide behind you, you can just follow the general shape. As you might notice, he says, I start from the corners of the mouth. I bring the lines slightly curved in and out against them. More plump other top and the bottom. And they suck in slightly at the edges, if that makes sense. So it's not complete circle as I draw them, I always bring the lines vary slightly in words. Okay, so now let's just move on to the last one, which is an open smile sigh. I'm going to start with the basic shape, which I guess makes like a bytes. So at the very top I'm just indicating the corners of the mouth there. And now I'm going to put in the top lip. So you can always divide this in half vertically if you want to guide yourself from where the middle of the mouth is, it might make it easier. But yeah, I'm just going to fill in the bottom lip now as well. It's pretty simple. You just follow the lines around, but it was an open smile. You want to keep the lips a lot thinner because they're stretched as you're smiling, so they're not going to be very fertile. And then sometimes I like to indicate where the teeth are, but just by doing a very light line, keep in the top teeth showing more so you want to keep that line towards the bottom of the mouth. Eye gaze up at the last one is a side profile, so I'm just quickly joined in the nose here. Sorry, I'm just bringing this line down from the top of the lip. And as you can see, it's a very similar shape to the way the nose just when. And then again, the line comes out and back again and out for the chin and back again. And then I'm just showing it in the lip. They're making the top one slightly thinner and the bottom one just rounded to join there. And that it's a bit hard to explain, but hopefully you can just see from that, that's how you would do that. It might help if you actually had the base sketch all underneath once you place the lip. But as far as quickly show you. So that brings us to the end of this clause there. Well done. If you've completed all the classes, you can join me in my last one. Now, we're going to share my final tips and forths. I'll see you there. 9. Final Pointers + Class Project: In this quick class, I'm going to just share a few tips and pointers that I didn't cover as I was going free the other classes. So at the moment, just create a sketching out a side profile face and I'm just using Procreate quickly for this so I could screen record because of where it's a little bit easier to show you if you're interested. I'm actually using tours. I will sketch brush for this. And I just fill up mentioned that as she drove the lips and nose on the face and it's like a lot. It's like a stairway kind of going down. So that's the cargo shape that it forms. And I've just put head like a legato and a wire. It's more like a stairway. But that was a good thing to note as you'll do in that. Okay, and then now I'm just quit a joy in front of the lips. And I just fill up point out that when you draw in the lips, the top of the lips are very much like a by Cupid's by. So I got this fight I quickly on Pinterest, I must match up just to show you how similar it is. So you can just reference to that maybe when you're drawing lips. And the last thing I didn't show you is how I draw an air, but it's literally so easy and quick. It didn't really deserve a whole clause. And this is how I draw my anyway. So I usually do a curve at the top going down and join on by a food small let us see kind of shape. And yeah, that's pretty much it now sometimes I draw a little line at the bottom as well, but this is probably the most simplest way to draw an air, but I do like that style, simple and easy. So I hope you found that helpful. Next, I just want to quickly go over the class project. So the class project is to create six different faces with the attached document which you'll see me creating right now. So I'm just creating six circles so you can work from them and go through these classes again if you need to and create front side and frequency profile VAEs. And don't forget to post your projects in the class project section below. I would love to see your faces that you create. Thank you so much for taking my class today. Don't forget to check out my other one that I've created on procreate a full portray character from start to finish, and follow me here on Skillshare so you can get notified when I next upload a class. Thank you so much for being here. I'll see you next time. Bye.