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Start with some warm up tasks to get your eye tuned in to the small details and space between features on the face. This can be done on scrap paper if you wish.


Step 1:

Draw your model with your writing hand.

Time yourself to no more than 5 minutes.



Step 2:

Take 2 - 3 minutes to really look at your model.

Try to spot what you didn’t see in step 1.

This time you are going to draw with the hand you don’t usually write with.


Step 3:

This time I would like you to take 2 – 3 minutes to study the face of your model again.

Look at the space between the features on the face.

How big is the space between the lips and the nose (1 finger space?)?

How big is the space between the forehead and the start of the hairline?

For this step you are going to be drawing the same model with your eyes closed so you will need to think about where you are going to start on your page.


Step 4:

Review – The three steps will hopefully help you to understand three important things:

  • Take your time when drawing
  • study your model carefully
  • think about where you are going to start your portrait on the page before you start drawing.


The skill and technique we are focusing on is SHAPE.

It might be helpful to think about the face in terms of the shapes you see (oval for the eye).

Have a look at this clip which talks more about geometry in art :

Simple Geometric Shapes

Recognising simple geometry in the things you are drawing is key to success

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