Painting Portraits w/ Acrylics - Step 1 Creating Your Face Sketch

Ania Bula, From Fine Arts, to Fine Writing, to Fine Dining

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9 Videos (28m)
    • Introduction

    • Finding a Model

    • Facial Position and Proportions

    • Drawing Eyes

    • Drawing Noses

    • Drawing Lips

    • Putting Everything Together Quick Sketch

    • Putting Everything Together Final Sketch

    • Thank you


About This Class


Painting Portraits with Acrylics  

Learn how to portraits by starting from sketch, to background, to the final figure and finishing touches. Follow along with Ania as she shows you how to develop the skills to paint portraits: whether realistic, fantasy, or otherwise. Let her walk you through the process in a series of classes. 

Get tips, tricks, and work along with her while she works on a commission piece: A Portrait of an Autumn Fairy  

Step 1 Creating your Face Sketch

Often times, the main focus of the portrait is the person's face. Follow along with Ania as she explains the basics in understanding how to create your starting sketch, beginning with the face. Learn how face proportions work, explore different facial structure shapes and tricks, and learn to understand the face enough to paint what you see. 

Included Resources: 

  • Facial proportions guide: face on and profile
  • Sample Eyes,
  • Sample Noses
  • Sample Lips

to use as frames of reference when project. 

3 of 3 students recommendSee All

Such a great class. Very cool, and so easy to understand!
This class really gave me the basics for faces that I just never really grasped before. Ania does a great job with proportions and even saying these aren't hard fast rules cause everyone's faces are so different and that is what makes them unique. I learned a lot and can't wait to keep drawing faces so I can get better! Would absolutely recommend this class!
Lovely and interesting paitings.
Franki B. Kidd





Ania Bula

From Fine Arts, to Fine Writing, to Fine Dining

ANIA ONION BULA is the owner and main creator at AniaOnion Creations: An Etsy shop where she sells her assorted paintings and other creations.Her work can also be found on Redbubble where her various paintings are available on a variety of interesting products like stickers, phone cases, clothing, pillow cases, and notebooks! 

Her work includes portrains often done in a fantasy style, as well as paintings of dancing figures, movement pieces, and the occasional political statement. 

It was her Etsy store that first got her invited to Skillshare. 


Want to learn about writing a book? Or running a blog? Why not learn from someone who does both! Join Ania as she tries to pass on what she has learned in the many years it took to write her first book, as well as the one she's written since then, the ones she is working on, and the many more she intends to write. Ania Bula is the author of Young, Sick, and Invisible a book about living with chronic illness and disability-  as well as Hunting Blackbirds - a speculative dystopian fiction story currently awaiting publication. She also co-authors a social justice blog with her wife,

Learn from a professional blogger what it takes to build even a modest following and how to go about creating, maintaining and expanding a blog. Also learn how to use blogging and social media as an aspiring author! 

Fun in the Kitchen! 

Ania also enjoys making her friends jealous by making spectacular dinners and experimenting with food. Not to worry though, they all know that all they have to do is come over to get fed. She combines her wife's Latina heritage with her own Polish one to create and replicate a variety of dishes. She also likes to learn how to make foods from other world cuisines. She has tried her hand on amateur sushi, pho, bulgogi, risotto, tamales, empanadas, beef wellington, and many more. 

She learned how to can and preserve foods, pickle, and make basics like stock and broth from her mother and grandmother and now she is itching to share that knowledge with you and entertain you as she takes you along on her journey of food discovery.