Figuary Day 17: Shorthands for the Face in Short Poses

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Hi life drawing friends!

On Day 17 of Figuary, we look at ways to quickly and simply indicate some lines of the face. In a 1 or 2 minute pose, there’s no time to get dragged into drawing the face. We need a way of indicating some important aspects of the face in a few seconds still using our overhand grip and using our arm to make marks.

So in this video, we describe some ways of indicating the nose and brow and other lines of the face that way.

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We are posting daily life drawing guidance videos – one useful tip about drawing figures each day, all structured to build on each other across the 28 days. Croquis Cafe will be posting daily practice sessions – life models posing for you to draw.

The idea is that you draw, even if only a little bit, each day for 28 days – the perfect amount of time to build a good drawing habit. Along the way, we will also start looking at powerful techniques to help take your drawings to the next level.

This first week was all about seeing the most important angles and curves in the pose. The second week was about the light and dark in the pose. The third week is about making confident and expressive marks on the paper. The fourth week will be about gesture and other additional tips.

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