Tag: Drawing Faces

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The Shorthand Drawing Style of a Certifiable Genius

Rembrandt Was Brill. Drawing Tutorials That Show You Why… Okay, I don’t even know how to certify a genius, but I know I am right about one thing: Rembrandt was one. The greatest of the great Dutch masters, Rembrandt made art that was a revelation then and now. That goes for his paintings, of course,…

Her Face Is Round–But in a Good Way!

Figuring out how to draw people is often a matter of breaking the body down into geometric shapes. When it comes to drawing people–specifically faces–you have to think of the sphere and the ovoid. Now, I’m not really a fan of looking at drawings of shapes. Booooooring. Instead, I study this concept by looking at…

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Avoid These 5 Mistakes When Drawing Faces

I’ve always been an ardent fan of the profile portrait drawing. It reminds me of antique cameos, the profiles of emperors stamped on Roman coins, and 18th-century silhouettes. But learning how to draw a face in profile does come with its share of possible missteps, so here are a few portrait-drawing tips to keep in…

The Art of Your Fingertips

Whenever I go to the doctor and get my finger pricked, I’m always surprised at how much it hurts–at how sensitive the tips of our fingers are. Yet at the same time, they are so utilitarian. Judith Ann Braun’s work uses both these qualities of fingers–their sensitivity and their strength–in her latest large-scale drawings, in…

Self-Portrait by Kathe Kollwitz, woodcut, 1923. Kollwitz was always so brave with her line, unhesitating and bold. I quite admire that!

With Skill Comes Style

I feel like every time I pick up a pencil to attempt portrait drawing, I am back in elementary school learning the basics of how to draw a face all over again. You know that art argument about whether you need natural talent to learn how to draw? Well, I’m here to tell you it…

Traditional, Unconventional, and Just Plain Bizarre

You can tell a lot about an artist's point of view by how they draw people. It sounds simple but in fact the diversity of vision and execution is pretty vast. There are contemporary artists out there practicing in a traditional vein dating back to the Old Masters. There are also established artists who are…

Video Lessons on Drawing from Susan Lyon and Scott Burdick

Scott Burdick and Susan Lyon are skilled artists, inspiring instructors, and just really kind people. If you've ever been in a workshop with either of them, you are lucky enough to know what I mean. In watching them work, you  get a sense of the sensitivity and thoughtfulness with which they craft their paintings and…