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.
Draw your model with your writing hand. Time yourself to no more than 5 minutes.
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.
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.
Review – The three steps will hopefully help you to understand three important things: Take your time when drawing, study your model carefully and think about where you are going to start your portrait on the page before you start drawing.
The technique we are focusing on is LINE.
Line can be vary in shape, direction and thickness. Spend some time exploring this.
EXPLORE THE TECHNIQUE:
Take a piece of paper and section it off into squares.
Have a go focusing in on different parts of the face and explore using line to represent it.