Faced With Fear: Conquering Your Fears of Illustrating Faces | Part One - The Feminine Face Premium class

Melissa Lee Shaw, allow yourself to fail before you succeed

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5 Videos (15m)
    • Introduction

    • Reference and Materials

    • Understanding Typically “Feminine” Facial Features

    • Drawing Demo

    • Closing


About This Class


Welcome to the first session of Faced With Fear: Conquering Your Fears of Illustrating Faces! Throughout this three part series, illustrator Melissa Shaw will guide you through the fundamentals of drawing and coloring feminine and masculine character portraits, from using basic shapes and line to build features to generating and implementing beautiful skin tone palettes. The sessions are divided as follows:

Part One - The Feminine Face

Part Two - The Masculine Face

Part Three - Coloring in Photoshop

In this first class, Melissa will take you through her drawing process, focusing on typically "feminine" features, and demonstrate how to draw a character turnaround. The aim of this series is to provide you with the building blocks and knowledge you'll need in order to feel more confident in your ability to tackle drawing and coloring faces.

You don’t need any prior illustration or character design experience for this class, and no software is required. All you need is a piece of paper, a pencil, and 15 minutes!

35 of 39 students recommendSee All

So helpful to me!
Robin Liefeld

♥¨♥ You CAN learn this! ♥¨♥

Great drawing class, I loved all Melissa's pictures, especially the old ladies.
Sova Huova


This class gives you a lot to experiment with. I recommend making sure you have a few extra minutes to pause at some of the critical points to mess around on your own. I love Mellissa's character style :)
Sam Pringle

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Melissa Lee Shaw

allow yourself to fail before you succeed

I've been drawing for as long as I can remember, and it's all I've ever really wanted to do. I started teaching myself how to draw digitally in 2010 when I got my first tablet, and since then I've had a growing fascination with the digital art world. It's pretty rad. I graduated from California State University of Sacramento with a BA in Studio Art and a focus in the Electronic Arts.

I knew I didn't want to go to art school for my master's degree because of the expense, but I also knew I wanted to continue learning about art and improving my skills. Discovering online resources for learning such as Skillshare has had a wonderful impact on my life. Since joining Skillshare, I've discovered a passion for creating repeating patterns, as well as cut-paper illustrations, and many other things that I never really considered doing before. :D

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