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Whimsical Faces: Drawing Basics

teacher avatar Jessica Sanders, Artist | Designer

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Lessons in This Class

13 Lessons (1h 3m)
    • 1. Welcome :)

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Book Recommendations

    • 4. Basic Proportions

    • 5. Face Drawing Part 1

    • 6. Face Drawing Part 2

    • 7. Face Drawing Part 3

    • 8. Face Drawing Part 4

    • 9. Face Drawing Part 5

    • 10. Face Drawing Part 6

    • 11. Face Drawing Part 7

    • 12. Project & Thank you!

    • 13. Bonus: A Bit About My Drawing Journey

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About This Class


Hi, I’m Jessica Sanders, a self-taught mixed media artist who loves exploring art and sharing it with you!

In my new class, Whimsical Faces: Drawing Basics, I will teach you the basics of how I draw whimsical faces. I love keeping it loose and abstract, yet having a touch of realism in my art.  I want to share that process with you, and the skills you need to create your own whimsical faces.

In this beginner drawing class:

  1. We will walk through the supplies, resources I’ve been using to learn to draw faces, and I will do a short journal flip to share a bit of my journey of drawing faces.  
  2. We will learn very simple proportions for faces.  
  3. For the project demonstration, I will take you step-by-step through a monochromatic drawing, sharing my process and tips along the way.  I have created bite-sized sections for this drawing so that you can draw with me!  Simply pause the class, draw, then continue watching.
  4. Last, but not least, it’s project time!  - this is my favorite part!!  I want to see your process and your practice :)   

As always, let go and enjoy the process!  Don’t be afraid of making mistakes!   Everyone makes mistakes, it is part of the learning process.  The key to improving is to keep going - accept your “mistakes” and move on!  Keep practicing.  You can do this!!

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Jessica Sanders

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Jessica Sanders

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1. Welcome :): Hello. Welcome to my skill share class. I'm guessing Sanders color me creative art. Today I want to share with you how I draw whimsical faces. So in this beginner drawing class, we're going to walk through supplies and resource is that I've been using toe learn to draw faces, and I'll do a short journal foot with you just to share a little bit of my journey. Next, we will learn very simple proportions for face. It's and I even have a principle for you of this drawing so that you can keep that as a reference while you're working on your own drawing. Then, for the project demonstration, I will take you step by step through a monochromatic drawing, sharing my process and tips along the way. I've divided this up into bite size sections so that you can draw with me so you can pause the class, draw that section, then continue watching and do that all over again until you're finished with your project. And last but not least, I can't wait to see your projects. I can't wait to see what you do. That's my favorite part. So let's get started 2. Supplies: supplies for this class are really simple. You just need one or two colored pencils. I am using the Camilion color towns, colored pencils, and I'm going to use Ah, purple color this as double ended. So I only need one pencil. But if you have to, you just need a light and a dark of colors that work together as light and shadow. So we need pencils and the other thing you need paper. I happen to be using mixed media paper. This is a £98 cancer, mixed media paper, but any kind of paper with a little bit of tooth, a drawing paper, vellum, finished card stock. Anything like that that will catch the color pencil will be perfectly fine for this class. I I suggest that you don't use printer paper with your color pencil. That won't work very well. But other kinds of paper that just have a little bit of texture will be great 3. Book Recommendations: So I've used a lot of different resource is to learn to draw faces. I've used online classes, books, videos, basically anything that I could find that I felt would help me. And so here's some books that I have personally that are specifically four faces. So this is Jane Davenport's. But let me zoom out a little so you can see the whole book. Here we go. So this is a book called Called Beautiful Faces by Jane Davenport. She's famous Australian lady who's in the mixed media world who does faces, and it has a lot of helpful information. It talks about supplies, and this is actually a good resource for using all kinds of supplies. She covers pastels, colored pencils, coping markers, water color. She teaches how to for all faces and how they work. And then there so many beautiful, beautiful examples and projects. So this is a lot of fun, very whimsical, Um, and just a beautiful book and I love it. And then another one is by another mixed media artist, Dino Likely, and this book is about other things besides just faces. But she does have a very good section about faces in here, where she talks about how to draw light and shadow and goes really step by step in how she does the faces. So it's a very helpful resource, and I love Dina Weekly as well. She's makes amazing art beautiful. And then I have this fall 2015 magazine of faces, and it's mixed media faces, and it has ah lot of different artists in here, so I'll just flip through a little bit. Dever Stewart and the realistic Phase This is another Dina Wakely tutorial. Jane Davenport is in here as well. This is, I believe, Cam Karraker. Yes, Pam character, who is famous in the mixed media world for faces complex. Simple. Here's a do the long face, a collage face so realistic, not realistic, very fantasy. Here's a Jane Davenport. So this particular magazine, I'm I believe you could probably get the back issues by cloth. Paper scissors has a lot of information in it, so it's one of my favorite resource is, And so any time you come across a book that appeals to you, that is on the subject that you want to learn, I mean, just get it because it's a great toe have have around eso these air My three books that I own and I love them all and I get them out and review them all the time. So there you go. 4. Basic Proportions: for right now, I just want to show you a little bit about proportion that you can sort of take forward with you. I wouldn't make a copy of this. You can print it. Let me just using a command pencil. I use a color pencil. Okay, So proportion. First of all, there are a lot of ways to draw a face ahead. Realistic, non realistic. As many ways is, there are artists. And so what I'm doing is the keep it super simple version that I use for myself. And I hope that it will help you as well. So first of all your head is and oval shape. So when I'm drawing, I actually draw multiple lines for my head. That way I can choose. I can choose which one I want, but it's flatter on the sides and longer. It's not a round circle, although some people do focus on round more circular faces, but basically for our purposes and form more realistically faces or oval. Hey, this is the top of your head. Let's just say that's the top of our head. And this is the bottom of our chin. Okay, so head gin. Now, if you want to. You can use a ruler. And for a beginner, it may be a good idea for you to do that. And you're going to put a line. I'm gonna make a mark. Okay, I'm going to mark the center of my circle. So this is about a six inch circle. So it's a three. There's a center, and then I'm going to pick the sides, although often picked the sides later. But I just want to have an idea for this purpose is, um that's 4.5. So, too, that's about about halfway. Okay, So you're going to basically draw crosshairs on your paper just like this? I'd like to put a little curve in mind, and I do tend to, like, make multiple lines and not just one. Now, we're not We're not going to be racing for my class. I don't want you to erase, because I want you to begin to accept what is there. Okay. So, basically, you make a cross hairs. That's this is the very center of your old Rather. So your eyes belong on this line and then halfway between you can measure again. If you feel you need to, but I usually just eyeball it because I'm not kind of an approximate er. So halfway between the I line and the chin is the ball of your nose so you can put a line there and then halfway between the line for your nose in the bottom of the chin. Put another line, and that's where you're basically where your mouth opens and closes. Have the top half of your head eyes, nose mouth. Now you can put the line all the way across if you like. So and I keep my really loosened sketchy so so that I can make adjustments as I go. And I think actually, if you look at this, I can already begin to see a face here, um, within these lines. But that's just I tend to like to do the little ball of my nose. I usually put a little circle there really light. That's my nose, and then I'm going to imagine there's an eye here. Now you can put this line here or not, but this is going to be basically one eyewitness across your news between the eyes, and then you put another one again. You can measure if you feel the need to. But I like doing it. So I'm just going to put another arc about the same Miss this one again. I'm eyeballing it, but basically you have space for an I to I z and then space for like, 1/2 an eye wouldn't draw that one if I were you. But you just kind of get the idea. Imagine that there's half a night here and that's where the side of your head would be approximately somewhere in there. Okay, so now you have. I'll draw this more solidly I wouldn't draw. This is solidly when I am drawing it all out what you'll see in the other drawing. But I'm just drawing this so you can really see it. And again we have the ball, the nose so you might draw like a little scoop. And you can even put like a little B on the corners. And that's all you need for the nose, really in truly, that's all you need for the nose, right in between the eyes and then for your mouth. Here's where, say, my mouth opens right below my nose. I'm going to make this little dip, which kind of echoes the nose dipped. But it's a little smaller and then just slope a line out. And then where are line is another dip that mirrors that again smaller. Go up and out, up, on out. And you have the lift line and then the bottom of a wit, which I like to just sort of make a shadow here and then draw it out. It doesn't go all the way to the corners of the mouth. Okay, just goes out some, and this will probably be more down, but I will refine this as I go. So these air sort of the guidelines that I'm showing you of where things go. But as we draw and sketch, we refine it. So this is just how that works. Your ears will be here, sort of, even with your nose. And I just drawn angular line and outs, and I leave it open at the top. I don't usually show the Yes, I could draw the cheek in here. Sorry. Actually, I would just refined this a little bit more, so get a sort of a year shape here. This is my dear. This is sort of my jawline and again sketching, refining as we go. I'm not going to draw the second year, but basically it's in the same location to find my face a little bit. Then for your eyes. Basically, what you can do is draw a complete circle where the top of it is above the eyelid. So you have your eyelids draw circle. I like to have big eyes. Some eyes were not going to be is realistic. There you go. Then I do the top of the island, which is at the top of the the iris. And I tend to do a line here and here, not all the way across. And I like to make the pupil big. So do you sort of a moon shaped there and fill in as you need to just like that. And there you have pretty much a basic face. Now you need some eyebrows, so you court sort of come up from this ball of your nose, make occur in toward the center, but not all the way. And then you get just about the I in sweep across There you go. Usually the eyebrows wider here and honestly, I struggle with eyebrows. But this is just how I do it. I will drop. You don't have to draw in the side of the nose, but just sort of follow the line gives you that brown brow area. Okay. And so then for the hair, you want a forehead space and the hair actually goes above the head At least some distance , depending on how flooded your air is, right? Eso I tend to go somewhere here and I just jawline that curves around the contour of the face in this one here. Something like that. Okay, so there's air, the basic proportions and then the neck. Usually I come down just where the mouth iss and in now this is a very sketchy version, but I think that you can see the main proportions. Don't hear me finish. I can do this with hair. Okay. I tend to not finish hair. I like it looking nice and sketchy out there. Here to here is 1/2 and then to the chin IHS 1/2 then from here to the nose, his 1/4 and from here to the lip line is 14 one for us. Actually, this should be half of this. This is 1/2 sorry about the wrong thing. This is half of this space. So and then this is the center line of your of your face. Now, mine's a little curve. That's okay. That's the way I tend to be. So, since your top Okay, so I think you get the idea. Kind of made that sort of a long explanation, but I want you don't understand sort of how the proportions were. And so now let's go on to our project drawing. 5. Face Drawing Part 1: so when in drawing faces has start, usually by making an oval. Now, sometimes people, when they're starting out, will make circles. But actually, your face is flatter on the sides and longer. So you want to make sort of a long Opal. And I always use, as I said in the supply video, I'm going to use color pencils that's going to make it much harder for me to erase. And in fact, I don't have a racer anywhere near me right now because I want to intentionally leave my marks. And this is actually going to gives me a lot of options as faras face shape. But it also just really adds a lot of sort of interest in death to your art. When you're doing this on, I can pick out any oval in this entire area to create my face. So I'm just going to find some area that I sort of like and my face is tilted. I often tell my face, Is there not, like exactly straight? You can tell from or do the straight, so I'm drawing it tilted, and I'm going to find sort of the middle. The halfway mark and I'm gonna make several lines in that area, and this is where my eyes belong. And then I'm going to find halfway between. So if this is halfway, this is halfway. I'm thinking my chins around in this area, but it may not end up there, but for now, and the top of my head would be in that area. So about halfway, I'm going to put another mark. This is my nose area and then halfway between the nose mark and the chin is generally the space where your mouth open. So I'm going to put a small sort of sauce and mark there. Now you can draw your lines all the way across if you prefer, and also then you might want to. I often leave this off. But when I first started especially, I drew the middle line for my face. And sometimes I do have issues with this part being sort of us fat cheeks job. So I kind of have to watch that when I'm drawing just something to be aware of our your own quirks, and you may actually adopt those into your style. So then I, if you can imagine there are there's enough room for three eyes here. So I'm going to come pick this middle area and make an arch. And again, I'm just coloring back and forth, making lots of wines. And then, if you'd like, you can measure and then measure and put a little mark and they will be where your eye starts and another arch, I'm eyes aren't always exactly equal. And then I'm going to try to go right down the middle and put a circle for my knows. This is the ball of my nose or the ball of the nose of this girl right there. I like having that little circle. I think it's cute. And then I noticed now that this line is a little bit not quite in the middle. There we go now. Then the next I would put the top of the lip, which is usually I liked to be about 2/3 of the way down. And remember, these are your sort of beginning lines, and they may change as you draw, and that's okay. So I make sort of a little dip, and then I bring lines down at an angle, and that's going to be that. And then for the center of the mouth. I make a smaller dip, that sort of mirrors this one and then a little hump and out and a little home and out to about where the eyes come down approximately. Then I want my bottom lip. Here we go. Just a little lies, all it But right now and I sometimes put a circle for my gin, although I don't always do that, but I'll do that in this case. So now I have the basic shape of my face. I have essentially where my face will end and I have all these extra lines and I'm perfectly OK with that, I think, as a lot of character to your drawing, and so I'm just going to go with that. 6. Face Drawing Part 2: I'm going to be moving and changing these lines as I go to make it look the way I want to look. So the first thing has kind of we're gonna bring this guy down a little bit more, okay? And then point start. Just imagine that there's a circle and you could actually draw the circle. If you like that, this is Europe Iris. So lightly draw your circle, I suggest is a beginner. You draw this complete circle, it's not going to hurt. You. Want to go a little bit above the eyelid? The top of the iris will be hidden by your eyelid, but when you're beginning the drawing, go ahead and put that in there. It's perfectly fine. It'll actually give you a reference for where you want your island top of your eyelid to go . So I have this arch and the circle, another circle, which goes outside and above this arch, and there's my now I sometimes add a little line at this corner angling down, and then, for the top of my lid, I'll go to this top of my iris and put another little arch right. And now we have the basic shape for our face and the basic shape for our eyes gonna draw in that lip. Now, I don't want the lip to go all the way across, actually, like for trying to stop sooner than the top. So it kind of just make it. I like sort of a square shape bottom of my lips, but you could make it more rounded if you prefer. Next, I'm going to start thinking about the sides of the face and the neck. So for me, the sides of the face, or about maybe half an eye over or maybe less when I start So I'll just put a little mark there beside the I and I'll do the same over here, And then I'm just gonna bring that down almost straight, actually, till just above the news. And then I kind of turned in toward the job. Now this shape changes depending on how you want your face shape. So keep that in mind. So again, I'm going to go almost straight down maybe a little bit of an angle and in there. Okay, so that's a nice shape. It's a little poofy there. Fixed that a little bit. One thing to remember about using this purple pencil or any kind of actually, any of these purples or blues will work. And also I talked about that a little bit in the supply video. But these colors are all cool. They all received, and they basically become a shadow, a shadow effect in your drawing. So just keep that in mind when you're drawing, because this is a very soft and light color, and it almost practically just visually disappears at the end. Okay, so your neck is basically starts at the base of who here knows almost okay, but I like mine to be not quite as realistic. So I tend to come down from there and just from the corner of the mouth almost. And I put in a curved line and do the same on the other side again. This may change as you go. It's OK. And then there's usually some shadow under here. Okay, so now you have a neck and the face you have your eyes, your basic shape for your eyes. We can add in ears. All you do is at the same line is your nose just put a little angled line and then turn it up out. Your heirs, actually kind of big picture than you may think they are. So do the same over here and again. I work very sketchily, so these lines may change as we go, and that's okay. You just have to go that you you adapt and change your drawing as you go. It's not written in stone. Even though we're not erasing this, it doesn't matter. It's not going to stay exactly like this. You're going to refine your lines as you go, so it's actually a lot of fun to do that. 7. Face Drawing Part 3: next we can put in some hair. So this is the very top of your head. I don't see. Yeah, this is where I decided the top of the head would be. But your hair actually goes above that. Your hair is not glued. Well, usually your hair cut is about that. So keep that in mind when you're making the hair and you also want forehead space. So about uh huh 1/3 of the way down, You can make a line for your hair, and it kind of just curves to the side of the face, make it sort of organic and flowing, and you have the basic shape of of hair and then you haven't diagonal line that goes out doesn't have to be perfect. And you're going to just go outside of that top area of your heads to sort of form your hair. Now I'm going to follow the lines that I've already created in this. I feel like these air, nice flowing lines for hair. And so that's just part of the way I'm going to do it for this. Adding a little bit volume by putting that up. And if you notice I put these lines and a little space and then put the line going the other way. So they're not all going from the same point. And there you have the beginning of your face. Next, I'm going to work on the eyes a little bit more. I'm going to add in the pupil now for these whimsical girls. I use really large people. This is not realistic at all. People's people's generally aren't this big, and I sort of put in almost a crescent moon shape with the little cut out, which is going to be sort of the catch light for the I. So you color in following the same line is your high a little crescent mint and do the same . It always helps to work back and forth between one eye to the next. That way you get more symmetry. So little crescent moon. She's looking pretty nice so far. I think I like to put in a little shadow here and a little almost like a little a little bird, a little upside down V kind of for the nose area. Now we have nostrils. Pretty simple, huh? You can do this, Believe me, you can do this here has a little shadow in it. Here's not going to show very much by the time we're finished. Usually my ears hardly ever show it all. But it's there. And if you want to say, have the hair go behind the ear or something like that, you could certainly do that. So now I noticed I don't have any eye rolls yet. So very lightly, because I do struggle with I Burrell's. I'm going to make an arch that goes there and then down. So we go actually about 3/4 of the eyes. What I like to do again. This is not my I sort of struggle with this. So put that in very lightly and do the same over here. A lot of times, my eyebrows aren't really even. There you go. But there they are, just like his kitchen. So I'm going to hold up my drawing. At this point, I'm going to look at it and sort of get a perspective on how the face looks now as I typically tend to draw. This side of my face is bigger. Someone is just move that a little bit. I like to be more then, of course, it changes depending on what you're drawing. But in this case, So you see how I just made an adjustment there and they changed the look of this. 8. Face Drawing Part 4: now, if you really hate thes construction lines, you can erase them. But I really recommend that you don't. I think it's best if you leave them. They add character to your drawing, and I just feel like show your work. You're showing your work. This this didn't magically appear on the page. You worked for it and you should show your work. So that's that's sort of the way I feel about that. Of course, everyone has their own opinion, and that's perfectly fine. But that's where I am with that. Okay, it's next. I'm going to color the eyes to see if I can zoom in a little bit. And now I hope you can see the eye, and I'm going to just take the same pencil. This is going to be basically a monochromatic drawing, and I'm going to color in in a sort of outward toward the edge of my eye, leaving lines and marks because your eyes not really a solid color, and I'm also going to emphasize Thea outside edge of the I a little bit with short strokes . Here we go, and I don't want this to be all exactly perfect because your eyes have a lot of marks in them. And that's what I want to portray here. I want to leave white space. We don't. We want light in the eyes. I didn't have more light here. More light and some light here. I'm going to just make marks out toward the edge of the I. The other I Yeah, I like the bottom of my wrist a show or just to be barely covered, so I draw the entire irisin. Okay, this one is a little darker, so I'm gonna emphasize. So when you're creating here, just at the top of the eye, there's always a shadow from the eyelids. So make a curved stroke with your pencil and have it go from the iris out toward the end of the I in a curved way. The same is true for this site. It's gonna add depth and shadow to your eye. Okay, there we Oh, that looks nice. So far. So far, so good. Now, Mayes might be not exactly symmetrical. I am not going for perfection, but I do want it to look really nice when I finished. I will tell you that much, but I'm not going for perfection. So my eyes are sometimes not exactly the same. You'll notice this eyelid is not the same as this. I would, but I will work toward getting it closer together. But I'm just not going to sweat that. We want your your drawing to be fairly quick when you're starting out. Especially we don't want you a race I don't want you to erase. I want you to move pretty quickly, and I want you to accept what's there and then go to the next one. So okay, so now I am worked in the eyes and I do Hopper on the lot. That's just the way I work. So, um, some people don't work that way. But that's the way I work. And now what I'm doing is just darkening and deafening, some of the lines defending definite, deafening. That's not the right word, making some of the lines more definite. That's more shapes and lines more definite and defined. I'm defining something. Here we go 9. Face Drawing Part 5: So what I want to do now is sort of work on the lips. I'm going to make her strokes from this middle line and going toward the outside of the lips so on. I can see if you see that very well. So on the left side, my curve researchers will come over that way and the curve will get less in the middle. And then on the right side, don't carve out more again, very light strokes. And then I think I'm going to color in the top lip sort solidly. In this case, top lit catches less light is more in shadow than the bottom lip. That's something to keep in mind in and more shadow here at the bottom. Okay, now I have a committee pencil, so with these pencils, you can flip. But if you have a different kind of pencil, just go to a darker coordinating color of purple and let's work on defining mawr ones. So I'm going to work on the islands. I want to define those a little bit more color those in a little bit more, and even at a few eyelashes, eyelashes were curved and go back over here and do the same again. These lines can still change, even though they're more defined. They're not. Mm. What? Sorry looking for even though there were more defined there. Still changeable. Here we go. Okay. And its work on the iris. Sorry, the pupil. Darkening it. Those very dark. Of course. Your pupil is actually black. Right now I'm going to go back with my foot. My pencil again. I went back to the letter purple, and that was sort of just color this end. Ads of shadow really lightly curve here. So want a shadow underneath the eye lid Now that I haven't more defined? I could do that and curved at the corners of the edges of the I that as a shadow and then really lightly super light here under the ice. So again on this site, adding shadow just under the island, really softly curving at the corner when sweep aligned really lightly it's really a sweeping motion right under the eye. There we go. Now you may want to add a little bump here. A lot of people's eyes have sort of a bump there, so we can just add about a little curve. There that's looking nice isn't about looking nice, guys. Makes me so happy. I'm gonna add a little more layer of this colored pencil there. The just on the very top of the lid. I don't want any white there. And now I'm going to go flip to my darker pencil and sort of blend that actually a little more darker Shadow there, just in the edges. Here we go. Looking nice. Looking nice. Just a little. Not too much soft. Very. I'm being very soft with my pencils With prisma color. I'm sure you will need to be even softer. Okay? Thes have kind of a hard lead. And Prisma colors have a soft lead. So you have to be even softer with your prison colors. She's looking so pretty guys really pretty coming out a little bit more. They're a little bit more here bringing that. I laid down that I would don't. There we go. Maybe add a little bit darker line here. The corner. Well, im adding these dark lines. I am adding a little bit. Put a little more pressure on my pencil. Here we go. What do you think so far? Pretty good. Pretty good museum out. Okay, now get. I'm just taking a look at her, going to flip my pencil, going back to the darker color again, and I'm going to add in around part of the eye, darker purple. There's that curve stroke again, adding that shadow making that I nice and dark there. It's going to give you so much drama. And over here I want this also to be darker. And as I'm pulling out my pencil, I'm lifting so that my stroke. It's less pressure as I go. And then I'm going to color back in again in that curve shape, flicking sort of looking with it toward the I. You go, maybe add in a few little marks down here and from the iris as that nice texture, and I'll repeat that on this side, and I'm just building up layers of the color pencil. It's a nice thing about it. It the layers just build up really nicely and can putting a little bit more pressure and a few little marks here and there, a little more on this side, darkening up just on the edge and adding, and more shadow there. Okay, she's starting toe. Take some dramatic shape here. Darkening these iris is just a little bit more. I'm going to go back in with Black, but I like this having this. Well, I may go back in with Black. Haven't decided. I like having this dramatic, monochromatic color medico in a circular following the shape of all the shape. Okay. And I'm going to add even more to the island here. This time I'm pressing pretty hard. I'm pretty definite at this point that this is where I want it to be. Adding some eyelashes, a couple at the bottom and only two have not a lot of eyelashes, but I do. I test some skin a little more definite here because I'm pretty sure this is where I'm pretty confident now. Doesn't eyes going to be so. I feel like an add more pressure. There had a couple there we go 10. Face Drawing Part 6: maybe add a little bit more shadow here knows area on. And I'm going to use my darker purple now to emphasize the face, shape and sort of redraw, always redrawing everything and in a little more shadow here. Now I'm using the dark color to fill in the shadow, so I want to do. Then after that is, come back with the lighter color and blend that out. Or as I'm not blaming it out, that's the wrong term. But I'm just coloring really lightly so that it all blends together and sort of smoothly transitions to lighter area using his layers. Okay, going back to the lips now so you could see that I worked really very organically. Um, and this face takes shape kind of on its own. Just pretty cool. Adding more shadow here or the lips or meat meeting. Here we go. It's looking pretty nice, and I like to emphasize that little dip color second layer here. I don't want all of the light right where the lips peaked. Here we go. Now I'm going to go back with minor and just add some touches Just where the lips meet a little there in the shadow after my lips are crooked. I'm OK with that on a more show Here, you jerk. Now the shape taking shape and then I want a color won't want to color the top lips more with the dark color Because remember, this top with is typically darker in the bottom. And I'm trying to follow the contour, the curved nous that's the lip. 11. Face Drawing Part 7: So now for me, this drawing is finished. I like it just the way it is. I don't go overboard on the hair. What? I really want your focus to be on as the eyes. And so I really emphasized that a lot in my drawings, and I'm not so much worried about everything was going on outside of that and really just want you to focus on the face. With that in mind, I add white or bits of light to my drawing. One place I like to add it is here on the neck. I just put a quick line. If my final work I will put a quick line tends to go down the side of the neck but doesn't start to high, that's a highlight that I like you can add highlight to the nose if you need it. The tip of the nose tends to catch life, okay? And then I think I like to add a little bit to the top of the lip and this little section, which doesn't show very much here. But it does show overall, believe it or not. The beginning and then some to the lips following again. The curve of the lips. Just a little. You can add more dots here, and sometimes you see me smudge them like this. That just means I wanted to be there, but I don't want to be so in your face. So I do that way and then for the eyes. I won't put a few little highlights here and here I usually smudge those don't want them to be too bright and then color some oval shapes in this area of the eye. Now remember, we left that space blank, but it's still going to have some color in it. Plus, you wanted to beam or symmetrical. This is a light that's reflecting a catch light. She wanted to be more. Now I also like to put some dots around there, maybe a line across the bottom, sometimes not a solid line, but along with some spaces in there, maybe some more dots. Now I can see what I'm looking at the strong with this I speaker than this side, and I can adjust that a little bit over here by using my white 10. We'll cover that in. Make that a little smaller. This one also needs to be a little smaller. I think that evens it up a little bit more. But I don't I don't It doesn't bother me that it's not perfect. People and real life are not perfect. So here we have. Sometimes I put a highlight above on the top of the island. That and there you have a whimsical face that's monochromatic and color that you can add to any of your are journal pages or anything like that. 12. Project & Thank you!: Thank you so much for joining me for drawing whimsical faces. I hope you've enjoyed this class. And I would love it if you would share your project, Leave him be back in the review section. And if you have any questions or he'd like to discuss anything, I'm available to talk with you in the discussion section of this class. And if you really enjoy this class, I hope I'll see you in some of my other classes on steel share. Or maybe even you can follow me on Instagram or YouTube. Thank you so much for watching. I will see. 13. Bonus: A Bit About My Drawing Journey: I thought I would share a little bit about my drawing journey with you because we're all beginners in some ways. And so I just wanted to share with you, sort of the evolution of me learning to draw faces and where I started and kind of where I am and my journey. So this is the backside of a page because it's to me a little bit shocking. And one of the very first faces that I tried to do with acrylic paint. And so bear in mind, this is This is, I don't know, did this in 2014 or maybe 2015. So here we go. So I painted this face with acrylic paint. Druitt painted it and hated it. I was so disappointed and so discouraged. I thought, I'm never going to learn to draw faces, and I didn't draw faces at all for a long time. I just quit. I just quit. I just couldn't I couldn't move past it for a long time. And finally, after a while, I just thought, I'm just going to try. And so in January of 2016 is when I really started in earnest, trying to learn to draw faces. So these are some that I drew then, um, some. I was just doing graphite and adding a little bit of a cure in there. And you know, they're okay. They're not fabulous, but they're okay. And at the time, I was pretty happy with them. I think I really like this one. I think it's cute in that one. So it was fun. Um, here's another one that I did in January and I loved this one, but this was very rare to get one that I actually really liked. And so I just kept practicing. This is near the end of January, but I was finding that it was taking me a really long time because I was drawing and I was erasing, erasing and drawing and back and forth and erased probably more than I was drawing. If you can tell in this paper, it's got basically graphite all over because of so much you racing and trying to organ. And it was taking me a long time. Is taking me one or two hours to draw one face. This'll was These were all done at different times just on the same paper. So I had to find a way to practice without taking so much time versatile and being less wrapped up in all the little tiny details of trying to get it just right. So I decided that I would start using something that was more difficult to a race that would basically stop erasing, and I didn't want to be tempted to race. And so I started using these magic pencils. They have multi colored lead, their wax based, pencil colored pencil, and I have a set of thes, and they have all these nice colors. And so I thought that would be fun to draw with, and I would not be erasing these. You can't erase colored pencil, but it's just different than graphite. And so I continued drawing. And this was in March with this pencil. It was the original is the only one that I had at the time, and I used it for drawing everything, and I added a little bit of ink in. I was I was getting pretty happy and again, sometimes they were not so good. Sometimes they were good. I was pretty happy with these, still struggling a lot with the eyes, quite a bit better with lips and mouth, but proportions not so great. But I'm don't get me wrong when I do this, I was like kiss OK, It looks like a person. If it looks like a face. Looks like a person that was happy. This is also a colored pencil. I have one like this, but it's all blue. And then sometimes I would get something that I really, really liked. So this one was done in May? Actually, this one was done in May of 2016. This one also I was really happy with this one, and I embellished it and I thought it was really pretty, really happy. And another one that I really liked from that time. And I found that I like filling up the page. So I really enjoyed this. And this was actually done with this original magic fix pencil. So if you want to do your drawings, I didn't include this in the supply video, but if you want to do your drawings with this kind of pencil, they're great for that. So I was working on paper all this time from from January until May, just something sheets of paper and at the same time I started working in a book, Just a sketchbook. Not this is a very inexpensive sketchbook, and I just wanted to be able to sit and draw while I was watching television or something. And I did faces a drew almost every day, almost every day. So I filled up a lot of a lot of books. So this one is another one for March, so you can see that. You know, I some turned out well, some didn't. And guess what? That's still the way it is now. Sometimes they just don't turn out the way I want them to. And that's just part of being an artist. Part of drawing. Not everything can be perfect and great, but there's an example for march, and then this is a little bit of a departure from faces, right? But I thought to myself, Okay, What if what if drawing faces has helped me to learn to draw other things? And so I drew this kind of crazy cow, and, uh, I drew this flamingo Alice like, Wow, I'm learning. So all this practice with faces didn't just help me with faces. It helped me with other things as well. So wants to encourage you that wherever you are, any kind of practice will move you forward. And that's what you want as an artist just to go for. And then here's another one that I did This was in your life and I was trying out these different. There were still multi colored pencils, but it was all different colors of one color when he so this were a multicolored of greens and, um, just really having a lot of fun with that. So I filled this entire book. I think there are one or two blank pages. Sometimes I didn't do the back because I didn't want to show through and these air not in any particular order. So I have a lot of faces in here, and then I have some other things in here. Then I just tried. There's a mermaid that this is in June eyes. So I filled up this book and then I was like, OK, I'm still drawing, practicing almost every day, and I also do these sort of zin tangles, So I wanted to incorporate the doodling and the drawing of the faces together, so I started drawing thes thes were in September of last year 2016. Again, I'm still using the colored pencils I'm using. I probably used a specifically blue pencil there and I use the magic pencil. So I am. And I'm really happy with these. I think they're really pretty. I just wanted to put that together and combine it. And so that's one that's not finished. I just did a few of those and then I started incorporating it into other things, like my our journals and things like that. So let's see. This one was in January of 2017 and when I'm through this and put the watercolor down, I put the wrong color of water color. I put this really vibrant yellow here, and I was really freaked out and I was like, This is terrible. It's gonna turn out really bad, and I'm gonna hate it. And I stepped away for a minute, and I looked through some well washing tapes that I had, and I came across this one that says, make more messy mistakes, that I went OK. I refocused. I went, Let me see what I can do with this, and this is actually now one of my favorite favorite drawings, and it's mixed media. It has colored pencil, watercolor Um, Inc. Just a lot of a lot of fun. So that was one. And here's another one that I enjoy doing again. It's a mixed media mixed media face, sadness sharing with you a little about my journey, and that's another one. So I feel like now I can really draw face a forward facing whimsical face. And I've come really far just by practicing. Ah lot. I practiced a lot, but at the same time, remember, I kept it as simple as possible kiss. Keep it super simple. So I used my non erase herbal to me. Pencil did not erase. I spent 10 or 15 minutes, sometimes 30 minutes drawing, um, and just decided to enjoy the process and accept what was there. And so now I'm drawing. I started really focusing on the eyes when I did thes. I really wanted to focus on the eyes. This was not and I just really started trying to hone in on how in one of the eyes to look . And so now I am still doing colored pencil drawings and I want the eyes to be full of light in life. And I feel like I've come very far and so want to encourage you that everyone starts somewhere. You saw where I started. I showed you that. And I almost let that stop me completely. So don't let where you are now stop you. Because if you start and you continue, you will come to a place where you are surprised You had surprised yourself and you can draw faces. You can draw pretty much anything you want. If you can learn to draw faces, you can learn to draw anything. And so I believe that you can do it. I know that you can. And I hope this class is going to give you a start in that. So let's get started withdrawing.