How to Draw a Pretty Face! Week Two : Nose and Lips

Its a twofer this week – How to draw cute button noses and lovely lips.  You’ll have a pretty face finished in no time!

 

I’m trying to make these tutorials simple, stylized, and high quality for beginners and advanced artists alike.

Infographics + quick and easy step-by-step instructions break down drawing a cute nose into 4 easy steps:

easiest nose ever drawing tutorial via katcanpaint.com

Please Share! I’d love for as many people to take advantage of my free drawing lessons as possible.

In art school figure painting class we were taught to soften the nose.  Overly realistic noses (and ears!)  look unattractive, but this one is 4 simple steps using easy to draw shapes. Cute as a button, right?

Then there are lips, which I know a lot of people have trouble with.  The secret it to not over-outline your lips.  Big bold thick lines around your lips are a thing of the 80s, and not a good thing like Jem! and The Breakfast Club.  Keep your lines soft and suggest forms with shading.  Follow along here:

How to Draw Lips tutorial via katcanpaint.com

Feel free to pin this tutorial. I’d love for as many people to take advantage of these free drawing lessons as possible.

Have fun sketching and Practice Practice Practice! You’ll be surprised how easy it is to draw cute girly faces once you learn the tricks.

Look for the How to Paint versions of these tutorials Thursday or Friday. (Depends on how quickly I get the editing done.)

In this blog workshop / free painting series you can expect to learn how to draw and paint all the basics of a pretty female face so please share these tutorials with anyone you think would love free drawing and painting lessons.  Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, whatevs – just link back to me pleaseandthankyou!

Look at all this content I’m covering:

  • How to Draw Eyes 
  • How to Paint Eyes 
  • How to Draw Noses (You are Here ^_^)
  • How to Paint Noses
  • How to Draw Lips (You are Here too!)
  • How to Paint Lips
  • How to Draw the Face (facial structure) and Ears
  • How to Draw Hair
  • How to Paint Hair
  • Bringing it all together

Plus:

    • How to Mix Custom Skintone Colors (Included in the How to Paint Eyes lesson)
    • How to Choose a Canvas
    • Types of Paint : Quick and Easy Explanation and Reviews
    • Types of Brushes: Quick and Easy Explanation and Reviews (I’m feeling a theme here)
    • Gesso, Mediums, + more: demystifying the whys and whens of using primers and mediums
    • How to Incorporate Mixed Media and Collage elements
    • Where do I go from here?
    • Pinterest drawing and painting Inspiration

I know there will be a lot more additions to this list too, because I want to include everything I know about drawing and painting a pretty face in this series.  I want it to be easy to read and follow along and fun for beginners and more advanced painters alike.

If you have questions go ahead and leave a comment so I can answer them & add them to the tutorial.

<3 Kat

Dreams of Butterflies watercolor doodle by katcanpaint.com

Watercolor Stains and butterfly doodles.

Experimenting with a doodle technique in my art journal that I might demo here on the blog:

watercolor and pencil doodle by katcanpaint.com

Practicing a doodle and watercolors experiment. Fuscha pencil + pink and orange paint. And butterflies, of course.

 

I sponge painted watery orange and magenta paint onto my paper, then found butterfly wing shapes in the paint and defined them with purple pencil.  Hair and face came next and I have this pretty little sketch.

 

Dreams of Butterflies watercolor doodle by katcanpaint.com

 

The same process was used here: watery paint was sponge painted onto paper, then I defined shapes with pencil.  I really wanted the hair to cover the entire painted shape, and now it looks like an entire flock of butterflies is inhabiting her curls.

 

I love doodling because it is a very loose and intuitive process, no pressure to make a perfect face or likeness… no pressure to create.  I don’t even think while I am making work like this, it just flows onto the page.  It was a great breather exercise inbetween tutorials.

Speaking of – How to Draw the Easiest Nose and Lips Ever tomorrow!

Same Kat time, same Kat channel.

Too much?

Ah well, I’m a goof ball!

 

<3 Kat

 

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Kat Can Paint! Eyes

Free Painting Tutorial! How to Paint Eyes

Kat Can Paint! Eyes

Week One wraps up with a tutorial on how to paint the eyes that you learned to draw yesterday.

This painting tutorial is a primer for you to get familiar with painting: learning color mixing, paint flow, and laying down lines & forms with a brush instead of a pencil.  I’m covering the basics first, then we will wrap up all the lessons in one big class that brings everything you’ve learned all together in a finished painting.

Supplies you will need:

  • Canvas or paper : I like to use canvas paper or watercolor paper for studies or exercises like this one on how to paint eyes. Be comfortable with your supplies and enjoy the process. Please don’t worry about getting everything perfect or ‘ruining’ your good supplies, use sketchbook paper if you don’t have canvas.  
  • 3 brushes: one larger one to paint in the skin base, one smaller one that is your default brush, and one tiny liner brush for details. I use golden taklon brushes, because I like their springyness in these sizes; size 12 flat brush, size 2 round brush, size 0 liner brush.   Have no idea about brush sizes? Dick Blick has a great pdf for that!
  • Acrylic paint in:
  • white
  • black
  • burnt sienna
  • primary blue
  • primary red
  • yellow ochre for skin mixing if needed
  • optional colors if you don’t want to mix them yourself:
  • light blue
  • gray
  • skin tone of your choice.

Mixing a light skin tone:

Light Skin tone is white + burnt sienna + red.  The ratio for me is something like 5/1/1.  That’s five parts white, one part burnt sienna, one part red. If this mixture looks too pink to you, add a dot of yellow ochre.  There is a push and pull to mixing flesh tones because its subjective, if you like your skin mix darker, lighter, pinker, tanner, etc then you can customize just like a recipe, this is the base mix.

Dark Skin tone is burnt sienna + yellow ochre + blue + white.  The ratio is 5/3/2/1 ish.  Again, this is subjective, you should experiment to find a color mix you really like, use this ratio as a guide and make it your own.  Be careful with the white, though, it will make a rich brown look very ashy if you use too much.

I dedicate an entire bottle to my flesh tone base color.  I start with a white bottle of paint, add a squirt of burnt sienna, 1 drop blue, and half a squirt of red and shake it like a… yeah, I almost went there.  If you have an entire extra bottle of white paint and are going to paint a lot of portraits, then I recommend you make your own bottle so that your skin color paint is always consistent.

I always adjust my color as I need it, the key here is to really not get an orange skin tone.  Unless you are painting Snooki and George Hamilton, then pick up your nearest pumpkin orange and have at it.

How to Paint eyes easy tutorial from KatCanPaint.com

If you love it, share it.

Of course, you can always paint any color eye you want.  I realize that maybe you want a green eye, or a brown eye, or a lavender eye, or some sort of crazy peacock feather inspired eye.  Do it.  These rules are just guidelines to get you to see painting eyes in simple shapes and easy steps that you can break down and learn.

How to paint eyes color collage by KatcanPaint.com

Quick and dirty eye color studies. I like that brown eye!

Green eyes?  Paint the iris with your base green, then highlight with a brighter green, and add the white highlights accordingly.

Brown eyes? Paint the iris with a milk chocolate color, shade with an expresso, highlight with a teddy bear brown.  Brown eyes look great with a lot of different tone on tone shades and highlights, but white really dulls a beautiful brown, use it sparingly.

Purple eyes? Base your iris with a lilac, shade with a violet, and highlight with white.

See the pattern?  You can apply it to any color of eye you’d like.

Wacky peacock inspired eyes?  I used turquoise to base the iris, purple to shade, and lime green to do the four spoke highlight… then I just added the white highlights like normal.

Try metallic paints, or glittery ones, they can be very striking as eyes.  Just limit yourself to a few colors 2-3 plus white and black for small eyes so you don’t get your paint colors all muddy and lose detail.

Lets wrap this up, shall we?  Next week I’m going to show you how to draw and paint noses!

In this blog workshop / free painting series you can expect to learn how to draw and paint all the basics of a pretty female face:

  • How to Draw Eyes 
  • How to Paint Eyes (You are Here ^_^)
  • How to Draw Noses
  • How to Paint Noses
  • How to Draw Lips
  • How to Paint Lips
  • How to Draw the Face (facial structure) and Ears
  • How to Draw Hair
  • How to Paint Hair
  • Bringing it all together

Plus:

    • How to Mix Custom Skintone Colors (we did that today!)
    • How to Choose a Canvas
    • Types of Paint : Quick and Easy Explanation and Reviews
    • Types of Brushes: Quick and Easy Explanation and Reviews (I’m feeling a theme here)
    • Gesso, Mediums, + more: demystifying the whys and whens of using primers and mediums
    • How to Incorporate Mixed Media and Collage elements
    • Where do I go from here?
    • Pinterest drawing and painting Inspiration

I know there will be a lot more additions to this list too, because I want to include everything I know about drawing and painting a pretty face in this series.  I want it to be easy to read and follow along and fun for beginners and more advanced painters alike.

If you have questions go ahead and leave a comment so I can answer them & add them to the tutorial.

<3 Kat

Free Painting Tutorial! How to Draw a Pretty Face: Week One – Eyes

Howdy! All this month on the blog I’m offering a free painting workshop: How to Paint a Pretty Female Face.

This first tutorial is how to draw the eyes, because eyes are my favorite things to draw!  I doodle eyes everywhere, they are my default doodle when I am on the phone or trying to warm up / loosen up for a larger piece.

Yay, free face template / pattern to paint. For this blog workshop we will be painting this ^ lovely girl from start to finish, so feel free to print and transfer her onto your favorite canvas, watercolor paper, or art journal.
I will be covering all the drawing basics first, before we jump into painting, because it is important to have a well crafted sketch and drawing before you start thinking in paint and color.  If your foundation drawing is wonky your painting will be wonky too.

The tutorial today will be covering the basics of how to draw a semi-realistic stylized eye like the one on template.  You can print out the tutorial and practice drawing basic beautiful eyes to create your own face if you’re a more advanced artist and don’t want a pattern / template.
I made a lovely infographic (that is perfectly pin-able, hint hint) for my first installment of my free painting workshop How to Draw a Pretty Face – Week One : Eyes

In this blog workshop free painting series you can expect to learn how to draw all  the basics of a pretty female face:

  • How to Draw Eyes (You are Here ^_^)
  • How to Paint Eyes
  • How to Draw Noses
  • How to Paint Noses
  • How to Draw Lips
  • How to Paint Lips
  • How to Draw the Face (facial structure) and Ears
  • How to Draw Hair
  • How to Paint Hair
  • Bringing it all together

Plus:

    • How to Mix Custom Skintone Colors
    • How to Choose a Canvas
    • Types of Paint : Quick and Easy Explanation and Reviews
    • Types of Brushes: Quick and Easy Explanation and Reviews (I’m feeling a theme here)
    • Gesso, Mediums, + more: demystifying the whys and whens of using primers and mediums
    • How to Incorporate Mixed Media and Collage elements
    • Where do I go from here?
    • Pinterest drawing and painting Inspiration

I know there will be a lot more additions to this list too, because I want to include everything I know about drawing and painting a pretty face in this series.  I want it to be easy to read and follow along and fun for beginners and more advanced painters alike.

If you have questions go ahead and leave a comment so I can answer them & add them to the tutorial.

<3 Kat

Face Painting Inspiration via Pinterest

 

 

I’m a Pinterest addict, its true.  I used to keep notebooks and sketchbooks full of magazine clippings of faces that inspired me: Now I have pinboards!

I have a couple of favorite models that I love to use as portrait painting inspiration – and it is super important to draw from life as much as possible even if your art is stylized versions of people.  Drawing from photographs doesn’t replace drawing from life: photographs are flat, 2-d images based on life, so your drawings from them will always be flat.  You can only capture the details the camera’s lens recorded, instead of the details your eyes and brain pick out.  It really is important, in art school I had 3 hours of figure drawing daily plus I went to an extracurricular figure drawing workshop twice a week.  I learned the rules of proportion and how to really see the figure in space. That level of dedication to figure drawing  was important to me because I love drawing and painting people and portraits; I wanted to  be able to stylize the lines and proportions with a foundation in realism.   If you need practice draw your family, friends, keep a mirror in your art studio/ work area and draw yourself!

Well, that was a tangent!

Anyway, I still love a great portrait, magazine editorial, and moody photograph.  I have an entire pinboard dedicated to my love of portraits and portrait art; I’m inspired daily by beautiful faces.

I’ve collected six lovely lady faces, photographed with great lighting, focused on captivating eyes for your enjoyment and inspiration!

 

Source: manchannel.tumblr.com via Kat on Pinterest

Tomorrow I am sharing the first class in my How to Paint a Pretty Face workshop: How to Draw Eyes.

See you then!

<3 Kat

 

Free Drawing and Painting Workshop! Introducing my How to Draw and Paint a Pretty Face series.

 

Want to learn how to draw and paint super pretty faces?

Stay tuned, I’m putting the finishing touches on the first  class: How to Draw Eyes – which is my favorite part of drawing and painting faces. I’m really passionate about this topic, and if you haven’t noticed, I love painting portraits and beautiful, dreamy girls.

Tomorrow I am going to share some of my favorite portrait painting inspiration images from Pinterest, then we are jumping right into the How to Draw Eyes class.  My aim is that at the end of this series you can draw and paint a pretty female face you’ll be proud of, from start to finish.

My simple face painting tutorial turned into several classes then morphed in a workshop.  I really wanted to be thorough and share what I know about how to paint a pretty girl face.  Every time I outlined the information I wanted to share, the list grew.  And grew. I can’t hold back; there are so many little bits and things that I’ve learned over the years of painting.  I’m creating a source of information that I wish was around when I started painting.  I had so many questions and I couldn’t really just Google things back in the day:  How do I choose a brush when there are ten trillion in the brush aisle of Michaels? Why is “Santa’s flesh” orange? What is the difference between this $2.00 bottle of paint and this $11.59 bottle, besides price, obviously?  I had a lot of questions on technique, materials, and style that mystified me when I was trying to figure out how to paint portraits.  I’ve spent years experimenting, researching, painting, taking classes, and learning everything I could about figure drawing and painting people and portraits.

 

Now you can Google the answers to a lot of art questions if you need a quick answer, but there is still a lot of art speak involved, especially if you are just jumping in, and it can get majorly overwhelming.  More than that, these questions come up a lot later in your artist journey when you’ve already invested time and money in experimenting, like I did, only to find that you hate using oils and turpentine.

I’m really into this workshop. I ran through outlining and planning all the tutorials and extras I wanted to add in the coming weeks.  Look at this list!

  • How to Draw Eyes
  • How to Paint Eyes
  • How to Draw Noses
  • How to Paint Noses
  • How to Draw Lips
  • How to Paint Lips
  • How to Draw the Face (facial structure) and Ears
  • How to Draw Hair
  • How to Paint Hair
  • Bringing it all together

Plus:

    • How to Mix Custom Skintone Colors
    • How to Choose a Canvas
    • Types of Paint : Quick and Easy Explanation and Reviews
    • Types of Brushes: Quick and Easy Explanation and Reviews (I’m feeling a theme here)
    • Gesso, Mediums, + more: demystifying the whys and whens of using primers and mediums
    • How to Incorporate Mixed Media and Collage elements
    • Where do I go from here?
    • Pinterest drawing and painting Inspiration

I know there will be a lot more additions to this list too, because I want to include everything I know about drawing and painting a pretty face in this series.  I want it to be easy to read and follow along and fun for beginners and more advanced painters alike.

This week is How to Draw Eyes.  Quickie preview?  Yes, I’ve got one for you!

I’m so excited about this fun and information rich workshop that I’m having a hard time not unleashing an insane amount of stuff into the world all in one go… but that would be insanely overwhelming.

See you tomorrow with my Pinterest face painting inspiration!

<3 Kat

 

 

Using the Macro Setting on my cell phone for great painting detail photographs.

My cell phone camera’s macro setting isn’t bad at all.  Look at that canvas texture!  You can see all the little brush strokes in there!

I’m exciting, I feel like I cracked the code to getting nice photographs of my paintings with my cellphone.

Also, I love this painting of overlapping butterfly patterns! Teal, green, cobalt, and violet with gold leaf details. Pretty, pretty, pretty.

I’m pretty excited about all the photographs I can take with my cell phone now: I can only get better at

 

I added this painting and all my other art from my Butterfly Summer series to my Etsy. Kabam!

It looks so pretty and full of art.

 

<3 Kat

 

Challenging my photography skills : hurricane + cell phone + bathroom + painting

The lighting in my master bath is perfect for photographing paintings. Too bad it is all the way across the house.

I really think these photographs came out great! I took these photos in my bathroom, because there is a huge frosted window so I get beautiful diffused lighting.  Start where you are, right?

I’m really pushing myself to take decent cell phone camera photographs until I can get a camera of my own.

I use my cell phone camera for everything.  Instagram aside, I use it to take photos of my finished and in progress works.  But I take them in the darkish corner of my space, where my desk and painting studio are set up.  Darkish space + camera phone = not the greatest of photographs.  Even with all the photoediting in the world, my grainy / blurry / orange / shadowed CRAP photos cannot be redeemed.

But, would you look at these lovelies:

 

Collage of my original painting, taken with my cell phone camera.

Hilariously, I took these during the Hurricane (I live in Florida) so I know that I can get a good shot in questionable weather and lighting, with my cellphone, in the bathroom of all places.

Even the detail shots look really nice, my phone has a macro setting that I’ve never used before… but you can see all the brush strokes and layers of paint.

I’m working on a huge project right now and getting nice photos is really important to me. I’ll share more later this week!

<3 Kat

 

Super Rainbow Carousel girl

Super Rainbow Carousel Girls and Cute Party Dolls * candy colored paintings

Carousel Girl

 

I’m in a super kawaii children’s art mode.  I love drawing, painting, and illustrating candy colored kid’s art.  These pieces are from last year, so I think the super saturated cutesy bug is a once a year thing. Maybe?

 

Super Rainbow Carousel girl

 

Super Rainbow Carousel Girls and cute party doll girls.  I’d love to decorate a cute little girl’s room, but I have a little boy.

 

 

I drew two cute little girls that fit into the little girl’s wall decor theme, they are very fairy tale and Blythe doll -esque to me.

 

They are too cute!

It is silly to classify them as children’s art only… because I’m loving this style but I have a little boy, who loves fish and pirates not carousels and dolls.  I would hang all this art in my room instead, and I’m a grown up.  ;)

I don’t think it matters at all: if you love super girly kawaii art and dolls, then rejoice! Cute girly art makes my heart sing right now, so candy colored glamour it is.

Plus, I’m no stranger to story book paintings and children’s art themes:

Waiting – Carousel Girl Acrylic Painting

From the Archives! Protecting: a painting from the Enchanted Forest

<3 Kat

Lavender Chevron original painting

Lavender’s Chevron Sweater : original acrylic painting by Kat McBride

Lavender Chevron original paintingLavender Chevron painting by Kat McBride

 

Lavender’s Chevron Sweater is an original acrylic and pencil painting / illustration by me. I was imagining back to school portraits, cute sweaters, and lavender braids.

Painting details:
*Acrylics on acid free, 140# heavy weight paper.
*Artist quality paper with a lovely smooth texture
*Borderless

 

She is listed in my Etsy shop.

 

<3 Kat