Drawing Faces with France - Primer
Sharpen your drawing skills and build a healthy drawing habit, one face at a time, with crosshatching virtuoso and prolific portrait artist France Van Stone as your guide.
In this primer for the Drawing Faces with France monthly series, you'll learn the basics of drawing the human face, starting with the most basic lines and shapes and building up to the finest details. Along the way, France will share techniques, tips and tricks that she’s learned by drawing thousands of faces over the years.
Meet Your Mentor
France is a French-American, self-taught artist and art teacher and the author of the book Sketch!, which inspires readers to build a daily drawing habit.
LESSON 1: HAND LOOSE, EYES OPEN
Starting with the basics, France will introduce you to her simple go-to materials for drawing faces. She'll also teach you how to hold your pen or pencil and warm up your hand with fun, relaxing exercises so that you can draw a human face without physical pain. Finally, you'll learn one of the most important skills in drawing: seeing with your eyes, as opposed to with your trickster brain.
Lesson length: ~34m
LESSON 2: SKETCHING THE FACE
Now that your hand is warm and your eyes are open, you're ready to start drawing the face. That first line can be the most daunting, so France will teach you how to get started in a carefree way, staying loose and enjoying every step of the process. This is not about finishing. "Finishing," as France says, "is overrated." This is about starting and making something happen. Working from reference photos, you'll create several rough sketches, and France will show you how she uses a few "sketchy" lines to outline the shape of the face and map out the features.
Lesson length: ~40m
LESSON 3: PUMP UP THE VOLUME, LET THERE BE LIGHT
Now that you have your rough sketch in place, it's time to add volume and light. France will teach you various techniques, including crosshatching, for bringing the face to life on the page. With France as your guide, you'll draw the same reference photo several times to learn how to build up the face, adding volume and highlights, while shedding the need to capture a perfect likeness.
Lesson length: ~59m
LESSON 4: DOS, DON'TS, TIPS & TRICKS
Now that you've built up your confidence in drawing the human face, France will share the myriad dos, don'ts, tips and tricks that she's learned from drawing thousands of faces over decades, with a specific focus on drawing the eyes and nose. With these nuggets of creative wisdom, you will be fully prepared to continue on your own rewarding journey of drawing the human face.
Lesson length: ~34m
What tools do I need to take this class?
Is this class different from France's other Sktchy Art School classes?
Yes! All of the content in this class, including video lessons and live broadcasts, is completely new!
Can I go at my own pace?
Yes! You keep lifetime access to ALL class content, including a recording of the live Q&As, so you can go at your own pace.
What skill level do I need for this class?
Beginner to intermediate.
Do I get lifetime access to the class?
Yes! Your purchase gets you lifetime access to ALL class content.
What is your refund policy?
All sales are final.
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