How to Draw the Head from Every Angle - Part Two

Nina Rycroft, Picture Book Illustrator

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9 Videos (30m)
    • Introduction

    • The Basic Shape

    • The Nose

    • The Mouth

    • The Chin and Cheeks

    • The Eyes

    • Short Hair

    • Long Hair

    • To Finish


About This Class

Do you want to learn how to make a 3D model from your simple character drawings? 

Following from Part One, learn how to make a Clay Polymer model from your character sketches. By watching, doing-as-I-do or applying what you learn to your own characters, you will gain a greater understanding of how to draw your characters head from every angle by seeing the two-dimensional sketch transform into a three-dimensional form.

How will I benefit from creating a 3D model of my character?

  • View your character from any angle
  • Concentrate on your illustration rather the technicalities of drawing a three-dimensional form
  • Give yourself a hands-on understanding of your characters' framework
  • A 3D model will make it easier to draw your character and will save you time
  • Consistency is easier to achieve when using a 3D model – and works so much better than a photo
  • and it's fun!


Learn how to make the basic shape of the head, the nose, the mouth, the chin and cheeks, the eyes finishing off your model with either long or short hair. Demonstrations show either one or a combination of three characters, covering a wide range of modelling techniques.

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.

See you in class J

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Love all of her classes. They are fun and with lots of useful information!
Hi Nina, This was a challenging project because I'm new to sculpting, but your instructions were so easy to follow. I feel as though I understand my character's face now. Tomorrow I'll go back and try to refine the mouth. /Users/jennyhale/Desktop/Jenny 2.JPG/Users/jennyhale/Desktop/Jenny 1.JPG/Users/jennyhale/Desktop/Jenny 3.JPG





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!

See you in class :)