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Drawing the Human Face: A Primer

A PDF eGuide by Paul Heaston & Sandrine Pelissier

What's included in this PDF eGuide?

Category: Drawing

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate

About this eGuide

Drawing the Human Face: A Primer is a free PDF eGuide available exclusively on Craftsy, featuring 25 pages packed with tutorials, tips and tricks from experts. Download it instantly for free now (you can even print it easily if you'd like) and enjoy it forever in the comfort of your home or even on the go.

About the Authors

Paul Heaston holds a BFA in painting from the University of Texas, San Antonio, and a MFA from Montana State University, where he's also served as a faculty member. He also writes for, his own sketch blog, Three Letter Word for Art and the Craftsy blog.

Sandrine Pelissier is a watercolor, acrylic and mixed media artist. Her work has been published in several art publications, including Watercolor Artist Magazine, The Artist's Magazine and International Artist magazine, and the mixed-media book Incite. You can see more of her writing on her website and the Craftsy blog.

Techniques Covered

These drawing tutorials and tips are intended for artists newer to drawing the human face, as well as those who are looking to sharpen their skills. Experience with pencil sketching is suggested, but not required.

Drawing the Human Face covers facial proportions, proper placement of features, accurately portraying eyes and lips, and incorporating shape and value into hair.

Learn About

  • Drawing a realistic head
  • How to draw facial features
  • Tips for drawing realistic eyes
  • How to draw lips
  • Drawing realistic hair

Suggested Materials

  • Sketchbook or drawing paper
  • Drawing pencils, including Conté crayons or charcoal, of various sizes