15-Minute Sketch: Faces - Creative Catalyst Productions

15-Minute Sketch: Faces

December 12, 2019 1 min read

Faces. If a painting or a drawing has a human figure, your eyes travel to the face first. As humans, we can't help but be drawn to faces.

This week in 15-Minute Sketch, we're focusing on faces. Faces can be challenging, but don't let that stop you from practicing them.


Learn to draw and paint faces


If you feel overwhelmed by the idea of drawing faces, try blind contour drawings. In a blind contour drawing, you put your pencil down onto the paper and then keep it touching the paper as you draw one continuous line. Keep your eyes on the reference photo. Don't worry about what your drawing looks like. You are training yourself to see. You are getting in your 15-minutes of daily drawing practice.

If you’d like to learn more about painting and drawing faces, we’d recommend:

Jean Pederson’s Acrylic Painting: Mixed Media Portraits

Stan Prokopenko’s Portrait Drawing Fundamentals

Anne Bagby’s Pattern & Form: Advanced Collage Techniques

Each image is copyright free. Follow the links to learn more about the photogaphers  (and see their other great work) and to get the larger image for painting.

Image 1, Image 2, Image 3, Image 4, Image 5

15-Minute Sketch is an ongoing series to create easy ways for you to practice your daily drawing and sketching. Just 15-minutes a day will make a huge difference in your drawing and painting abilities.

Please note: The video below does not include audio. Think of it as a reference photo slide show: Five reference photos will be on screen each for 3-minutes each. Ready, set, sketch!

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