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


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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150 of 150 students recommendSee All

Wow! What a fabulous class!
I'm loving your classes, Nina. I will have to go over this one a few times, especially the class, 'Drawing the Head Rotating,' as I struggle with the various angles with my characters. I look forward to your next class.
Megan Author

Author, blogger, speaker

super clear amazingly easy and fun! she's a great teacher!!!
Giovannii Bocanegra

love learning!





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 trying my hand at 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 books published worldwide. I so excited to be able to share everything that I’ve learnt over the years. 

If you're interested in illustration, character development, visual storytelling, learning how to draw with more ease and confidence...and of course, picture book illustration, then please follow me!

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