Drawing of a beautiful face

How to Draw a Lifelike Face.

This is the first post in the How To Draw like a Master tutorial site! The premise of this site is that I have developed a skill that I can pass on by teaching you the straightforward process! It sounds easy. It’s not quite as easy as that but you will be provided with all the tools to be a master with the pencil. It’s really the only site you will need to visit if you want to learn how to draw amazing lifelike works. On a side note, since this is my first post and I can do whatever I want I’ll let you know that I’ve been spending ages learning on the fly here about how to set up a website. That’s more difficult than drawing like a master. But thank God for Youtube and the army of willing tutors all giving their knowledge for the almighty click! Firstly I wanted to share this part of my journey since it is relevant to my story and I plan to explain my way of thinking a lot anyway so visitors can emulate my style of drawing! It’s a share-all tutorial site so to speak. 

With regards to setting up this site, there is such a wealth of information out there pertaining to things like SEO, site monetisation, blah blah blah. On top of that this is my first real attempt at setting up a website! So it’s hard to keep focus and stick to the original plan. Up to now my progress has been painfully slow. But finally things are progressing and I can proceed with actually adding content to the site! 

My philosophy is simple. I can do it. I will show you exactly how I do it. You just have to follow along and learn my principles and technique. It’s not magic. I started out as a beginner and reached my current level through practice and patience.

Here we go then!

In this tutorial I will talk about my absolute favourite thing to draw. How to draw lifelike faces. To be honest you could spend your life drawing nothing but faces. When you see someone you recognise, what is it that you are recognising? Their face of course! Faces are the most recognisable features on our bodies. So consequently being able to draw a face well is a huge accomplishment because there is very little margin for error. Your composition has to be spot on because any mistake you make with the positioning or size of any of the facial features is amplified by our innate ability to recognise faces in such great detail. I pretty much started drawing them for exactly that reason. My thinking was that if I focus on drawing faces I have no choice but to get better. It’s a case of sink or swim. 

My philosophy is simple. I can do it. I will show you exactly how I do it. You just have to follow along and learn my principles and technique. It’s not magic. I started out as a beginner and reached my current level through practice and patience.

Here is how I’m going to do it:

I will basically show you from start to finish how I draw and explain along the way all the things I take into account. including but certainly not limited to:

– lighting

– materials

– shading-drawing outlines

– creating depth

I am still working on what is the perfect template for doing this but I intend to use articles, step-by-step imagery and of course most excitingly of all, videos. I believe anyone who can make soft pencil strokes and learn the basic method to create shadows can draw a beautiful lifelike face. It takes patience and may take months or years to be able to see amazing results. But following along with me will definitely speed up that process for you. I will teach you what to consider as you draw and anything else is irrelevant.

I uploaded the following video to Youtube where you can see me flip through my current sketchbook and give a brief talk on my plans for the site and my approach to drawing faces. Please click here to subscribe to my channel!