How to Draw the Head from Every Angle: Part One

Nina Rycroft, Picture Book Illustrator

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6 Lessons (15m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Drawing the Basic Structure

    • 3. Front and Side View Explained

    • 4. Drawing the Head Rotating

    • 5. Drawing the Front and Side View

    • 6. 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 this three-part series, picture book illustrator Nina Rycroft shares tools and techniques to help bring your characters to life. In this class, you will learn about the basic structure of the head and how to draw the front view and side view of a character. You will then learn how to draw the head rotating. This class will help you transform your flat character drawings into three-dimensional looking forms.  

In order to bring a character to life, a picture book illustrator 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 class is will help you add more dimension to your characters, but in order to get the full benefit, I highly recommend taking all three classes.

How to Draw the Head from Every Angle: Part One. Learn how to see and then draw the basic structure of the head. Learn how to draw the front view and side view of a character, then learn how to draw the head rotating.

How to Draw the Head from Every Angle: Part Two. Using the front and side view drawings to make a 3D Sculpey model of your characters’ head. Use the model to draw your characters’ head tilting up and down.

How to Draw the Head from Every Angle: Part Three: Create a character reference sheet by drawing your characters’ head rotating on the X-Axis and the Y-Axis.


Interested in character design? 

Below is my series of Skillshare classes that walk you through the entire process of how to illustrate a character from start to finish. Use this series to either brush-up on a particular skill or work your way through, for a comprehensive guide.

Nina's Skillshare Character Design Series

  1. Face Facts: Beginners Guide to Drawing a Self Portrait
  2. Face Shapes: Draw a Series of Character Using Simple Shapes 
  3. 101 Guide to Drawing Eyes
  4. Emoji Me: The art of Facial Expression
  5. How to Draw the Head From Every Angle: Part One
  6. How to Draw the Head From Every Angle: Part Two
  7. How to Draw the Head From Every Angle: Part Three
  8. Draw a Circus of Characters: Exploring Body Shape and Proportion
  9. Draw a Circus of Movement: Simple Techniques to Bring Characters to Life
  10. Draw a Circus of Line & Gesture: Design a Picture Book Character From Start to Finish
  11. Watercolor Magic: One Character Five Ways
  12. Illustration Masterclass - Exploring Technique and Style
  13. Learn to Use Procreate: Design and Illustrate a Bear Character