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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

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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.

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I'm new to sculpting, but this class gave me some wonderful insight on how to form lips and eyes. Eyes have been difficult for me to master. Now I have two new techniques to experiment with.
Creating a 3D model of the characters is a great idea :). Thanks for sharing with us :)
This course took me right outside my comfort zone; however, Nina is a terrific teacher, and I am no longer scared of modeling clay! I loved learning to model my character's face. Thank you!!!!





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 books published worldwide, winning some awards along the way.

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