Love Drawing podcast 20 – Drawing faces & other challenges

The Love Drawing podcast is all about drawing and the process of learning to draw. We talk over technique and mindset. In this episode we discuss drawing faces and getting likenesses, a difficult task for the most seasoned artists. We also look back on our experiences with the challenges we put on ourselves in the […]

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Getting a likeness when drawing faces

John Singer Sargeant once said “a portrait is a painting in which something is wrong with the mouth.” When it comes to drawing accuracy, I’m not sure there’s anything more demanding than achieving a likeness in a portrait. Achieving a likeness means that your drawing of a person is recognisable as that person. But when […]

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Drawing faces – 3/4 angles

In our last video, we went through a simple process for drawing faces from the side. The process when drawing a face from the front is similar to side-on views, but because you can see both sides of the face, the relationship between the two sides becomes important. The face will look natural if we […]

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Bonus video – portrait

Having made the Draw Life Beautifully online course, we are now old hands at making videos. This was the first video we ever made, but we think it still has some good information. It’s all about drawing technique and how to build up a drawing. To build a solid foundation of life drawing skills, have […]

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The final version of Judi Dench

Portraits: the ultimate challenge part II

In part 1 we discussed why portrait art is so difficult, and that one way to simplify things is to think in simple geometric shapes and keep in mind some basic principles. Disengage the facial recognition software Thinking in simple geometric shapes can help the brain to stop thinking of what you are seeing as […]

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Portraits: the ultimate challenge

Portraiture is an artform of endless possibilities. Drawing is very expressive, and faces are arguably the most expressive thing that we see. So it’s no wonder that portraits, in all their myriad forms, are one of the most captivating types of art. But holy cow are they difficult! Drawing a face that looks halfway human […]

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