Hi everyone! It was good meeting all of you in the Drawing Faces class.

If you’d like to get in some practice this week, try copying the step by step drawings below. Then watch the videos at the bottom of the page, which have more info about drawing the features, and try drawing along with them. The point isn’t that every drawing has to be perfect, it’s to challenge yourself and see what you can learn with each drawing. 

How to draw a front view face:

  1. Draw an oval that’s 2 x 3 (in other words — if it’s 2″ wide, it would be about 3″ high)
  2. Draw a line halfway up for the eyes
  3. Draw a line 1/2 way between the eyes and chin for the nose
  4. There are five eye widths across. (Eyes are one eye width apart, and there’s the space for one eye on either side) 
  5. If light is on the left, shadow will be on the right, and vise versa.


Try sketching the woman’s face below. Below that, I’ve added some photos to try drawing.


Here’s a face with more subtle shading. It was done by putting some graphite on my finger then using it to create softer edged shadows.


Also try these front views from photos: