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Female Facial Expressions: drawing exercise

I’ve been trying to be more disciplined about my drawing and practice [almost] every day.  Like they say… if you don’t use it, you lose it.  I’m also trying to work on things that I usually find difficult.  Here are a group of female facial expressions that I challenged myself with.

Like most people – artist or not – the face I’ve studied more than any other is my own.  When staring into the mirror trying to understand how an eyebrow arches, or what shape the mouth makes when surprised… it has always been a guy’s face staring back at me.  And so naturally, I’ve always had an easier time drawing male faces and a bit of trouble drawing convincing female faces.

Because female faces don’t come naturally to me, I’ve always tended to stick to a very few expressions… and most of them haven’t been very animated.  Here I tried to push myself a bit with face shapes, expressions and hairstyles.  They’re still a little bit hard-edged (slightly masculine) but I feel good about the exercise.  It keeps me honest.

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3 responses

  1. radwa

    very fantastic , goooood work

    April 26, 2011 at 6:42 am

  2. tomasioo

    I stumbled across your blog during a search for a tutorial how to a laughing female. Congratulations to your efforts, regarding drawing skills you are quite a bit ahead of me ;)

    January 31, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    • Thanks for your interest and your kind words. I hope you find some things you like here… and if you can learn anything from me, that would be fantastic. I know I’ve learned a lot by seeking out artists on the web, and studying their work, their style, their technique.

      I was told once that everyone has a very specific finite number of bad drawings in them… and once you get all of the bad drawings out, then you’re left with only good ones… so the trick is to keep drawing as often as you can… get all them bad drawings out, so the good ones can come ;)

      January 31, 2012 at 6:43 pm

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