If ever there were a popular subject to draw within the world of mixed-media art, I think it would be the human face. And why not? There’s so much room for play and abstraction, whether it’s paying homage to yourself or someone you adore, a random stranger that caught your fascination, or a completely contrived face that was born of your imagination.
Whether you’re interested in learning how to draw mixed-media faces that are realistic or stylized, guidelines can help you create the details of the eyes, nose, and mouth, and Dina Wakley is here to get you started. In the following excerpt from Faces magazine (part of a bundle that includes so many mixed-media art goodies you’ll have to scroll down for the entire list!), Dina shares how to draw lips in five simple steps. ~Cherie
Fanciful Mixed-Media Faces by Dina Wakley
I love to draw scribbly, abstract faces. There’s something satisfying about taking a pencil and creating something that looks back at you. The key to drawing scribbly faces is to keep in mind that not all pencil marks are created equal.Your darkest pencil marks should outline the main features–the eyes, the nose, and the mouth. Once those features are drawn, pull back and add extra lines that are light and free. You want the extra lines to add visual interest but not overwhelm or compete with the focus of the face.
Remember that drawing faces takes practice–a lot of practice. Using photos for reference is a good way to begin. Don’t expect greatness when you start. Relax and enjoy the discovery process as you draw and create. You will get better with every drawing you make.
How to Draw Mixed-Media Faces: Drawing Lips
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