Faces. Beautiful, ethereal faces.
Faces. Vexing at times. They can be frustrating to draw and create.
There is a road map to the face. An arrangement of proportion and position that can make or break the outcome. The eyes are halfway down the length of the head. The space between the eyes is about one eye width. The nose falls about halfway between the center of the eyes and the chin. The eyelids cover the top of the iris.
It goes on and on. And while all of that is important to drawing a lovely, realistic face it’s no small amount of information to keep in mind. And this is before you even put pencil to paper!
We all love seeing a beautiful faces as part of a journal page, canvas, or mixed media piece. The challenge has always been to adhere to the road map and master the actual drawing of the head, ears, neck, and the features.
Margaret Applin has designed a set of stencils that simplifies all of the layout, sizing, and proportion of creating beautiful faces. We named it The Fearless Face Stencil System and it will be your conduit to creating those lovely, ethereal faces you’ve admired for so long.
The beauty of this system? It will help you create a range of faces from graphic to realistic, depending on what media you use. And how much detail and shading you decide to add.
Included are two basic face shapes, round and square, plus 6 different sets of facial features. There are 3 hair styles, plus a braid and pony tail, 5 hats, 2 crowns, and 2 headbands. And eyeglasses. The system will allow you to draw faces in three sizes. The smallest measures about 2″ x 3″. The medium is about 2.5″ x 4.5″, and the largest measures about 3.5″ x 5.5″. Those dimensions measure from the top of the cranium to the bottom of the neck. Hair, headbands, and hats will add additional height,
In today’s video I will walk you through the basics of using the stencils. I’m working simply in pencil, but will provide pointers on shading and adding highlights. I’ll give you enough information this time to get you well on the way to creating beautiful faces and you’re going to love the process.
In addition, Margaret has developed a document that covers much of the same information that you can print and keep near you as you work. You can certainly do that with the video, but not everyone has a set up that permits working right next to a device and the document fills that gap. You can download a copy of The Fearless Face Stencil System how-to document by clicking here.
At the end of this post you’ll find large group of photos; examples of Margaret’s art created using the stencils. Be sure to scroll down to see them!
Supplies For This Video:
Pencils – you’ll find a variety of lead options here