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Drawing Facial Features

with Gary Faigin
Capture the features of the human face with riveting realism! Master the technical and structural elements behind a perfectly-drawn portrait.

Create a compelling portrait that captures the likeness of your subject and shows the range and depth of human emotion! With Faigin's guidance, you’ll discover the fundamental forms of the skull and how to use basic ratios to accurately depict distinct facial patterns. Sketch a compositional study of the underlying structure of the face, and use gradual tonal changes to define the ridges and planes of your rendering. Learn to draw emotionally animated eyes and an authentic smile, and transform your portrait from flat to fully dimensional with highlights and shadows.

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Lesson 1. Drawing a Likeness

  • Meet Faigin and learn about recognizing facial patterns and deciphering the skull.


Lesson 2. The Upper Half of the Skull


Lesson 3. The Lower Half of the Skull


Lesson 4. Age, Gender & Ancestry


Lesson 5. Eye Structure


Lesson 6. Drawing the Eye from Life


Lesson 7. Drawing the Nose


Lesson 8. Drawing the Mouth

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