Continuing my character journey, I was able to watch again a class by Charly Clements, Drawing Expressive Faces — it had been live on Skillshare, but was recorded and just this week uploaded as a class. It’s a quick, easy practice session using the app ProCreate.
Start with practicing some eyes, noses, mouths– here’s my version:
Next, learn a bit about color.
Choose skin color in the orange-yellow hue range– not muddied with grey. Match them up with contrasting colors that help each other pop.
To test the contrast, add a layer above, color it black and set the blend mode to saturation. Then you’ll see this:
Do you see how each pair contrasts with each other?
Step 3 is to draw head/neck/body shapes and fill in with the skin colors you’ve created. Add your faces, hair, and clothes.
Practice this a lot to free the rhythm of your drawing– loosen it up and develop a memory for sketching faces.
Skillshare classes have really drawn out my skills. It’s so worth the cost. Get two free months with this link.
Note: I’m not affiliated with Skillshare– I’ve just learned so much from the classes. You can too.
Geeky Gramma ~~
Retired Middle School Language Arts Teacher ~~
Writer and Thinker