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Character Illustration: Drawing Female Portraits in Procreate

via Skillshare


Faces are so fun to draw and they’re an awesome way to express your creativity. In this class we’ll be drawing female characters and exploring the different angles of the head.

We’ll talk about proportions, line quality, and how to draw each feature of the face, step by step.  Then we’ll talk about how we can bring our characters to life through the use of different expressions, hairstyles, and accessories.

Next, I’ll share my personal process for drawing female characters in front view, three-quarter view, side view, and more. This class includes over 20 character demonstrations!

When you join the class, you’ll get access to tons of class worksheets and hundreds of reference photos that you can use in your drawings.

I’ll be drawing on an iPad Pro using the Procreate app and Apple Pencil. But feel free to use whatever drawing medium you prefer! Join in even if you don’t have an iPad Pro, since the techniques can be applied to any drawing medium.

I’m looking forward to seeing you in class!

What You'll Learn:

  • Basic proportions for drawing beautiful female characters
  • How to vary your line quality
  • How to construct a head
  • How to draw eyes
  • How to draw noses
  • How to draw mouths
  • How to draw simple expressions
  • How to draw different types of hair
  • How to draw characters in front view, 3/4 view, and side view 
  • How to draw the head when it's tilting up and down
  • How to transfer a digital sketch to pencil and paper
  • How to save and share your work

Additional Resources You'll Receive:

  • Class Worksheets to help solidify the lessons
  • Character Reference Database
  • 1 on 1 feedback and critique where requested in the Projects & Resources section on Skillshare


  • Introduction
  • Class Project
  • Materials
  • Line Quality
  • Basic Proportions
  • Using References
  • Constructing the Head
  • Drawing Eyes
  • Drawing Noses
  • Drawing Mouths
  • Drawing Ears
  • Creating a Story
  • Notes on Process
  • Demo - Straight On View
  • Demo - Three Quarter View
  • Demo - Three Quarter View 2
  • Demo - Side Profile
  • Demo - Head Tilting Up
  • Demo - Head Tilting Down
  • Demos (Part 1)
  • Demos (Part 2)
  • Traditional Demo
  • Sharing Your Work
  • Closing Thoughts

Taught by

Gabrielle Brickey

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