Faces & Figures are specific to drawing human faces and figures, and encompass a broad range of relative topics. The intricate, time-consuming projects focus on fine-tuning and expanding students’ drawing competencies. Curriculum assumes that students have good drawing skills, and are interested in learning more advanced techniques for drawing faces and figures, from life and/or photos.
In this lesson you draw a frontal view of a small child, with emphasis on correct facial proportions. You use both crosshatching and hatching to define textures and forms, and utilize a challenging grid to help you render the accurate proportions of the various parts of her head and face.
Drawing Eye on Melissa
In this project, you draw an eye, with a focus on correctly rendering the structures of the anatomical forms surrounding the orbital cavity.
This article explores the process of modifying a photo, choosing different shading techniques for the various textures, and using graduations to fade the lower section of a head and shoulders portrait from the shading into the nothingness of the paper.
Drawing View of an Adult Arm
In this project you explore the basic shapes of a shoulder, arm, and hand, and then add graduated shading with hatching and crosshatching to illustrate their three dimensional forms. Skills incorporated into this lesson include: identifying accurate proportions, drawing with contour lines, and adding graduated values with hatching and crosshatching.
Drawing Leg and Foot
In this project you explore the basic shapes of a leg and foot and then add graduated shading with hatching and crosshatching to illustrate the three dimensional forms.
Drawing Facial Aging
A basic knowledge of the physical aging processes allows you to accurately draw people of various ages. The age regression and progression techniques, discussed in this heavily illustrated article, can be invaluable for accurately portraying or modifying the ages of portrait subjects
Drawing Female Figure
In this lesson, you draw the three-dimensional forms of a clothed, female figure, by first outlining with detailed lines, and then adding shading with crosshatching. Meet Claudette, an incredibly creative artist in both visual and literary arts! She kindly agreed to model for the photo on which this drawing is based.
The three-quarter view of Manisha’s face in this drawing is much more fascinating that either a frontal or a profile view. Three types of graduations lend themselves perfectly to the three dominant textures. Each individual section of her gorgeous curly hair is drawn with a hatching graduation in which curved hatching lines follow its contours. Crosshatching graduations are ideal for shading the smooth skin tones of her face. Squirkling graduations enhance the fuzzy texture of her jacket.
Drawing Joel Allan
Your goal in this heavily illustrated project is to gain an understanding of how various aspects of contrast and key can enhance composition. The process includes bringing an artwork from its original concept, through compositional planning, photography, sketching accurate proportions, shading a thumbnail sketch, and rendering a contour drawing, to its finale as a profile portrait in graphite of a young man.
Drawing Fabric of a Sleeve
Drawing believable fabrics is integral to accurately rendering a clothed figure. In this project, you draw the folds, creases, puckers, and wrinkles of the fabric of a sleeve so it appears to drape naturally over the forms of an arm.
Big Smile Drawing
The overall impact of a portrait of a smiling subject is only as strong as its weakest part. Drawing teeth poorly is often the cause of a ruined portrait, even when everything else is rendered perfectly. For example, drawing bold lines around each tooth is a huge no?no! In this lesson, I show you how to draw a smile with natural looking teeth by using gentle shading to indicate their forms.