3 simple steps to drawing ears by katcanpaint.com

Tutorial Tuesday: Ears! Exciting, I know.

Need a quick and easy take on drawing ears?  I’ve simplified my method into 3 easy steps.

Whoo hoo! It’s Tutorial Tuesday & I’ve got some info on drawing ears.

I was taught in figure drawing class never to over accentuate the ears or nostrils.  I took this message to heart, and now I suggest the ears with two shapes. A modified C or [ shape plus a lowercase e.

If you study the work of cartoonists, you’ll see this is a common way to draw ears.  I learned how to do the full on anatomically correct ear in school, but unless I am painting a portrait, I simplify.

Why make it hard on yourself, or draw attention to features that aren’t important to your painting?  I love painting the eyes and the hair so I really detail those parts… and the viewer is drawn to the parts you spend the most time and detail on.

Easy Peasy!

Here’s your quickie ear infographic:

3 simple steps to drawing ears by katcanpaint.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guidelines for ears placement

 

The placement on the head is the most important detail to get correct, because too large ears or ears that are placed too high / low on the head make them super noticeable instead of blend into the background details of your pretty girl.

I recommend drawing your ears in between the middle of the eyes and the bottom of the nose. Experiment and see what looks nicest to you.

I don’t worry too much about ears, honestly, this is one of those times that I am lazy, or ‘break the rules.’  I know that most of the time I am going to cover those ears up with a beautiful hair do, so why spend a lot of time agonizing over drawing the perfect ear?

 

I’ll be back later this week with some quick tips for drawing the neck and shoulders and then we are onto the hair.  Whoooo hair!

Its my favorite thing to draw, besides eyes + you can get super detailed, or really fun and freeform and it still looks great.

 

<3 Kat

 

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:

Plus:

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.

 

 

Drawing Class: Before and After : when I follow the rules and when I don’t.

Pssssst….I have a secret to tell you: I don’t diagram out every single face I draw.  

Scandalous, I know! Wasn’t our last tutorial all about mapping / diagramming / drawing crazy amounts of lines all over the place to draw a perfectly proportioned head?

Yup.  BUT but but: When I am sketching in my sketchbook I don’t impose any rules or constraints.  My sketchbook is a place for free form ideas to flow, a mess of scribble doodlings where I draw whatever pops into my head. I envy all the artists who have beautiful art journals and sketchbooks that look like fully formed Art Books.

Its easy to get caught up in rules, but this is art and you shouldn’t be afraid about doing it wrong.

You’re developing skills you can continue to develop, refine, and use for the rest of your life and there really isn’t a wrong way to do that.  

But this is how I do it:

  1. The initial sketching is a brain dump, a warm up exercise, and a safe place for me to get my ideas onto paper.
  2. If I like an idea then I refine it.  Clean up the scribble bits edit and refine the idea.
  3. Then I redraw the original sketch following the figure guidelines.

Refine the sketch

I made a side by side Before and After comparison to illustrate the process. The original sketch is on the left and it is very loose and kind of wonky.  I took all the elements from the left side and redrew it on a clean sheet of paper. I wanted her face to have perfect features so I mapped her facial features following the rules. From there I refined the piece even more with shading: defining the details I wanted to bring out (her eyes) and mapping the highlights and shadow for painting.

This piece needs another round of refining before I paint, I don’t like her helmet of hair and I have to perfect her tattoos.

Color study

I don’t always use all these steps: if I love the energy of the original sketch I don’t want to refine it to death.  For this painting I loved the flow of her hair so I transferred it to the final piece.  Then I diagrammed the facial features on the finished piece without redrawing it multiple times.

Practice, practice, practice,  and you will learn the process that works for you.

In this free drawing series I’m sharing all the basics of a how to draw and paint 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!

Did you miss a step?

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, just like today’s post.  I’m a classically trained artist and I’ve been drawing and painting for 15 years now so there will always be extra bits of info I remember while I am creating my tutorials.

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

Have fun drawing!

<3 Kat

Tutorial Tuesday! How to Draw a Pretty Face, Week Three : Drawing a perfectly proportionate head.

 

Its Tuesday and I have another free drawing tutorial for you! Today I am showing you how to put all those eyes, nose, and lips you’re practicing onto a proportioned head perfect for beginners to learn to draw.

I know I promised the How to Paint version of noses and lips last week but I am going to hold off on offering the how to paint versions until after the How to Draw versions are done. It isn’t going to help anyone to jump into painting before they have perfected the drawing parts. It will be worth the wait, I promise!

One more quick note before we dive into the lesson: This is a proportion for a stylized face and head. The proportions for a realistic female head are a little different. I started with the rules of drawing a human head and I just adjusted them slightly to fit my stylistic needs. (As long as you know what the rules are you can make them work for you.)

Who wants some step-by-step face and head diagrams? Get your sketch books and pencils ready, we’ve got 8 easy steps to drawing the cheeks and chin in proportion on your girl’s head. Exciting!

It looks like a lot of information, I know. But I promise you its only confusing the first time you diagram it all out. You’re golden if you just remember: eyes are in the middle of the head and start the bottom half of the head’s division into thirds. Keep your eyes at least one eye width apart, and the outside corner of your mouth should end at about the pupils of your person.

Make it your own! Change the size of your eyes or the width apart and take note of how it changes the entire feel of your drawing. Alter the size of your lips, make ’em tiny, and see how it changes her expression.

Practice practice practice so you can get a real feel for how and where the curves in the face go. Have fun and make mistakes! Draw her too thin or too chubby. Give her model cheekbones and a pointier chin. It is only by drawing it over and over can you develop the muscle memory and the eye for how you want your girl’s face to look.

At this point our girl is really starting to come together; we only have to worry about ears, hair, and the neck and shoulders. Smooth sailing!

<3 Kat
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:

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.

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