How to Draw the Head from Every Angle - Part One

Nina Rycroft, Picture Book Illustrator

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6 Videos (15m)
    • Introduction

    • Drawing the Basic Structure

    • Exploring how to Draw the Front and Side View

    • Drawing the Head Rotating

    • Drawing the Front and Side View

    • To Finish

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About This Class

Have you ever wanted to learn how to draw characters like a pro? Then this is the series for you.

In order to bring a character to life, a picture book illustrator or animator must be able to ‘see’ the character as a three-dimensional form and then be able to draw the character from every possible angle. The challenge is making the character drawings look 'real’ and convincing, even characters that are complete fantasy.

This three-part series will give you the tools to draw your characters head from every angle and learn how to transform your flat two-dimensional drawings into three-dimensional looking characters.

Part 1: Learn how to see and then draw the basic structure of the head, exploring the front view and side view of your character and drawing the head rotating.

Part 2: Make a 3D model using your front and side view character sketches.

Part 3: Use your 3D model to draw create a character reference sheet.


With more than a dozen picture books published world-wide my character development series teaches every aspect of character design. Whether you’re thinking about self-publishing, designing a one off character for a project or illustrating a publication. Work your way up through all of my classes for support, inspiration and to up-skill or re-fresh your illustration style.

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251 of 253 students recommendSee All

Great class, a wonderful short, simple, easy to follow introduction to the 3D face from every angle. Thank you!
This was a great beginners class with easy tricks for drawing your character consistently. It isn't very detailed, but makes a great foundational lesson.
Joanne Roberts

Art / Words / Books

I really needed to learn the mechanics of the head. I'm still working on rotating the head and maintaining the features and look of the character! I love the diagrams and the egg example. I will keep practicing and post my examples.
Rachel Fia

Artist & Illustrator





Nina Rycroft

Picture Book Illustrator

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Hi! I'm Nina Rycroft, a picture book illustrator. I worked as a graphic designer in Sydney and London before turning my hand to illustration, with my first picture book Little Platypus receiving a CBCA (Children's Book Council of Australia) Notable Book Award in 2000. Since then, I've had more than a dozen picture book...

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