Online Class

Drawing Facial Expressions

$19.99$39.99

Learn to draw accurate facial expressions for more powerful portraits.

Skill Level

Intermediate

What You Get

  • 8 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Gary Faigin
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Discover techniques for drawing the human face's full range of emotions alongside Gary Faigin. Draw faces that clearly exhibit the shock of surprise or the agitation of fear by accurately recreating the corresponding curves of the mouth, angles of the eyebrows and more. Understand the facial muscles that pull, pucker and strain to produce a spectrum of sad expressions. Depict different levels of anger as you learn the role of the mouth in creating this fiery expression. Portray faces drawn back in disgust as you capture the facial characteristics of this visceral reaction. And unlock the secrets for skillfully sketching every kind of smile: slight, broad, eager, bittersweet and even insincere. Learn how to draw realistic facial expressions for more impactful portraits and illustrations.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction
03:44
Meet your instructor, artist and author Gary Faigin. Gary gives you a glimpse into the techniques you'll learn over the course of this class and explains how to get the most out of the interactive Craftsy platform as you prepare to start drawing!
2. Facial Basics
23:16
3. Surprise & Fear
21:45
4. Sadness
17:24
5. Anger
19:02
6. Disgust
16:45
7. Secrets of the Smile
29:42
8. Nuanced Smiles
20:32

Taught by

Gary Faigin
Gary Faigin
Gary Faigin wrote The Artist's Complete Guide to Facial Expression, which is now in its 17th printing and published in six languages. Trained at the Art Students League of New York and the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, he taught in New York for 15 years. He is co-founder and artistic director of the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, where he teaches drawing and painting and leads art tours around the world with his wife, the architect Pamela Belyea.

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