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Faced With Fear: Conquering Your Fears of Illustrating Faces

Learn the fundamentals of drawing and coloring feminine and masculine character portraits

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In this class, I will guide you through the fundamentals of drawing and coloring feminine and masculine character portraits, from using basic shapes and line to build features to generating and implementing beautiful skin tone palettes.

What You'll Learn

  • How to construct a proportionate face
  • The differences and similarities between typically "feminine" and "masculine" features
  • How to use alpha channels in Photoshop to quickly and accurately get rid of white backgrounds so that you can use your pencil and ink line art, saving you hours upon hours of tedious erasing
  • The fundamentals of shading, highlights, and undertones
  • A quick trick for generating skin tone palettes
  • My favorite techniques for digitally coloring faces
  • Some helpful tips on exploring the possibilities of how to exaggerate the features for cartooning

The aim of this series is to provide you with the building blocks and knowledge you'll need in order to feel more confident in your ability to tackle drawing and coloring faces. Understanding the construction and proportion of the face is the first step towards designing successful characters.

What Students Are Saying

I admit, when I first saw how short the lesson about the actual construction of a face was, I didn't expect all that much to come out of it. But boy was I wrong :O This class has helped me a lot! Thank you :)

- Sam Kasbian

The class gives a very good basis to understanding face drawing. The explanations are short and to the point, with clear visual examples. I love the downloadable materials that sum everything up in a great visual way. Thank you!

- Noa Regev

This class has a lot of useful information. I am new to digital painting and found this super useful and encouraging

- Laura Osborne

Really breaks it down with great guidelines, exactly what I was looking for when I searched for help to improve my portrait illustration sketches in terms of getting the kind of proportions in the style that I like. I also like how she explores other types of styles and proportions, very useful! Thank you!!

- Hellodebee Patreon

You will learn so much great information!

- Blenda Tyvoll


Your Instructor


Melissa Lee
Melissa Lee

Hi! My name's Melissa Lee, and I'm a designer and online art teacher living in the forests of Northern California. I majored in Studio Art in college, but graduated with a continued thirst for learning and improving my artistic skills, but couldn't justify the high price of further brick-and-mortar education. Instead, I discovered myriads of more affordable avenues of art education online, which eventually inspired me to start teaching myself, and I haven't looked back.

I'm currently in the process of becoming a full-time freelancer and art licenser, but in the meantime, I'm cultivating my love of sharing what I know, and encouraging others to nourish their creative side. I love patterns and character art and watercolor paintings. And also bees. Always bees.


Class Curriculum


  Constructing a Proportionate Face
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  Exploring Exaggeration
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  Coloring in Photoshop
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  Understanding Shading, Highlights, and Undertones
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  Closing Thoughts
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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