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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 sitter 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. Then, 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. Plus, learn how to draw emotionally animated eyes and an authentic smile, and transform your portrait from flat to fully dimensional with highlights and shadows.

What You’ll Learn

  • The fundamental structure of the human skull, eye, cheekbones, jaw, nose and mouth
  • To recognize facial patterns that can be personalized for a wide variety of subjects
  • How to draw and arrange realistic facial features based on the anatomy behind the flesh
  • The individual elements of expressive eyes and how to identify them on a live model
  • How to draw a relaxed mouth and a natural smile
  • When to use soft and hard edges
  • To build the head, nose, lips and eyes using simple shapes 
  • How to use shadows and highlights to give your drawn faces a 3-D quality


What You’ll Make

  • Accurate self portraits with engaging eyes, proportional noses and shaded lips
  • Instantly recognizable drawings of your family and friends


What You’ll Love

  • Tips on avoiding common portraiture pitfalls
  • Using basic building blocks to easily recreate anyone’s face on the page
  • Capturing the facial features that make each subject unique yet recognizable
  • Interacting with your world-class instructor and fellow students to answer all your questions
  • 24-hour lifetime access from your web-enabled device, allowing you to take the class on your schedule
What you get:
  • 8 HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Downloadable class materials, including resources and material lists
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers from Gary in our virtual classroom
The Craftsy Guarantee:
  • Watch classes on your own schedule: wherever, whenever you want
  • Your access never expires
  • 100% money back guarantee
Lesson plan:
  1. Drawing a Likeness (17:54)

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

  2. The Upper Half of the Skull (26:47)

    Draw anatomically correct skulls, including the brow ridges and eye sockets.

  3. The Lower Half of the Skull (27:35)

    Draw anatomically correct noses, cheekbones, jaws and chins.

  4. Age, Gender & Ancestry (30:38)

    Learn how gender, age and ancestry typically influence facial features.

  5. Eye Structure (28:16)

    Build realistic, expressive eyes from the socket outward.

  6. Drawing the Eye from Life (23:16)

    Draw the eyes of your live model from multiple angles.

  7. Drawing the Nose (36:57)

    Get the placement, proportion and planes of the nose right.

  8. Drawing the Mouth (35:18)

    Put a smile—or relaxed lips—on your portrait subject.

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  • Supported OS: Web Browser

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Registered by FullCircle of Rendsburg, Schleswig-Holstein Germany on 9/18/2002

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