Draw a Face using Shade

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Getting Started

Drawing a face tonally can be difficult. The first step is to ensure the face is in proportion, this drawing tutorial will show you how to measure proportion. How to Draw the Face in Proportion.

Once you have drawn the face in proportion, check that the eyes, nose and mouth are the right size and shape.
Check these tutorials for how to draw eyes, nose and mouth.

Once the line drawing is complete the next step is to set about adding light and dark tones bearing in mind the direction of light. This is all explained in the drawing tutorial. How to light a person’s face is explained as is how to create the different tonal values of the face. Drawing a face tonally has never been so easy.

The video is aimed at beginners, teachers and children in the later years of Primary (elementary) School and the early years of secondary schools. Those wishing to improve their drawing skills will also benefit.

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Comments (2)

  1. Margaret :

    I am a very amateur artist, I have some paintings in acrylics and Alkyd oils, I love drawing but find it difficult to know where to begin( I did not learn it in school so I guess I am self taught, I must congratulate you on your fantastic tutorials…..easy to follow your step by step method and you explain things as you proceed….the best that I have come across…thank you Margaret

    • admin :

      Hi Margaret
      Thank you for your kind comments about my tutorials, it’s nice to know they are of use to you. I hope your paintings and drawing continue to develop wonderfully. Paul

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