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Beautiful Faces

Mixed Media
Portrait Techniques

The online workshop for my #1 Bestselling book
Beautiful Faces
Drawing faces with confidence feels liberating!

If you’ve ever struggled to get the proportions right on a face – hello asymmetrical eyes or struggle with shading and colouring in after you’ve drawn your outline, this workshop is for you!

These days I can draw a face fast and accurately, but it wasn’t always like that! Many of the techniques I show you are the result of years of experience and experimentation. But I know you don’t want to spend hours and hours of drawing not so beautiful faces to master these elements — you want to get to the fun stuff much quicker!

I know where the danger areas are that make a face look wonky. I’ll help you avoid the common mistakes and set sail to your creative practice. You’ll learn the foundations of drawing a face, creating smooth skin tones, my proprietary FACE MATH™ method to get your proportions just right and so much more!

Let's get confident drawing figures from top to toe!

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Lesson Plan

We dive deep into the book and then journey even further!
These are the main topics in each Lesson Art Materials, organisation and Warmup Sketchercise™!

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Impactful Lessons
Lesson 1

Lesson 1

Starting Small

One of the frustrations I hear in later classes is that “small faces are so difficult to draw.” No they aren’t. Just keep them simple, Draw Happy style, and you will be fine

Lesson 2

Lesson 2

Longitude & Latitude

I like to think of the head as not just a sphere, but as a globe. Globes have all those wonderful longitude and latitude lines that you can utilise them to help you navigate turned faces.

Lesson 3

Lesson 3

Guide Lines

Let’s start with a little FACE MATH™ to give us a foundation to start from. On this Face Map you can see where I have started to add my Guide Lines and place the features.

Lesson 4

Lesson 4

The Lips

Learn the secrets to drawing lips with ease. Practice makes perfect!

Lesson 5

Lesson 5

Grand Scale

As you scale up, the shape and placement of features start to matter. Ready to draw a face at grand scale?

Lesson 6

Lesson 6

The Eyes

Now we’ll learn the short-cuts to drawing eyes. Eyes are so expressive. As human beings we are hard-wired to be able to read the tiniest of cues with someone’s eyes.

Lesson 7

Lesson 7

The Nose

This is the exercise that will have you never looking at the utensils in a Chinese restaurant the same way again!

Lesson 8

Lesson 8

Shading Maps

How to add volume, depth and a hint of realism!

Lesson 9

Lesson 9

Easy Shading

We are going to explore shading the face on an acrylic paint base. The effect is gorgeous… you’ll see…

Lesson 7

Lesson 10

Grand Scale Shading

Thin, transparent layers add a glassy depth to your faces. Learn how!

Lesson 11

Lesson 11

Hair (yes, finally a whole lesson on hair!)

I have some handy techniques for my trademark flowing hair.

Lesson 12

Lesson 12

Twists and Turns

I love drawing plaited and twisted hair. As a graphic element they add visual texture and interest. As an emotive element they have a nostalgic air for me,

Lesson 13

Lesson 13

Up-Dos

Approach your hair design with confidence! Remember that your drawings can be theatrical – you don’t need to apply the laws of physics here.

Lesson 14

Lesson 14

Layers

Let’s mix it up with watercolour, acrylics and ink and use each to our advantage.

Lesson 15

Lesson 15

Drenched Colour

In this freeing creative session you’ll learn how watercolor never behaves exactly as expected, and that’s what makes it so endearing.

Lesson 16

Lesson 16

Collage and Wild Colour

Collage is a liberating way to start a face! Art born from bits and pieces of your life have an extra richness of meaning.

Lesson 17

Lesson 17

Prints Charming

Let’s start with a cacophony of colour and activity by using ephemera to quickly build a complicated background.

Lesson 18

Lesson 18

Turned Faces and Adding Movement

Learn to ‘capture’ your subject as if they are on their way somewhere!

Lesson 19

Lesson 19

Creating Movement

Learn to ‘capture’ your subject as if they are on their way somewhere!

Lesson 20

Lesson 20

Smooth vs Painterly!

Creating Burnished porcelain smooth skin and painterly portraits.

Lesson 21

Lesson 21

Blending

Blending, shading, turning & flowing! It’s time to combine everything in the entire Beautiful Faces Workshop.

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We’ll cover how to draw and fill in the whole face!

How to draw and fill the whole face
Who is it for

Who is it for?

Beginners will appreciate the step by step instructions.

More advanced artists will enjoy my careful attention to detail, which will help refine, improve and expand your techniques.

Who is it not suited for?

If you’re just getting started with your art and feel a bit fearful, you might want to start with our beginner workshops. Draw Happy, for example, is a great starting place for drawing simple faces before you go in-depth with this workshop.

How the Workshop is Delivered

  • Lifetime Access
  • Pause, rewind and review each lesson as often as you like.
  • Private Community to meet with other artists!
  • Log into a private area of the JD website to access your workshop!
  • I have created this class so you can take all the time you need and let the magic happen!

    All sessions for the Self-guided study classes are up when you arrive. This means there’s no waiting for projects to be posted and you can take the course at whatever pace works for you.

    You can revisit, rewatch, recharge and remind yourself of all the art supplies, all the drawing lessons, all the mixed media inspiration whenever you want.

    You need never feel embarrassed about not ‘clicking’ with a new skill straightaway. It’s a terrible feeling when you feel left behind, or that you dont ‘get it’ and everyone else does in a learning situation! But you will NEVER feel that way in my classroom because you can pause and rewind, and ask questions.

    Full instructions are on the site if this is your first online class experience. You are in safe hands!

    What you Get

    Beautiful Faces Video
    Videos

    The classes are video based and typically between 7 and 20 minutes long each. Intense creative nuggets! I talk you through each of the art supplies, what they do and show you how to use them through a variety of drawing projects and exercises.

    Private Facebook Group
    Private Facebook Group
    I will ask you to upload your drawings and experiments into our private Facebook Group. It may be nerve-wracking the first time you do it, but trust that you and your creative soul will benefit exponentially by being courageous and sharing your work!

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    What you’ll need for the workshop

    The important thing to realise is that you do not NEED everything I use. I am a degenerate art supplies junkie, and have just about everything in the artiverse. (Always keep in mind, it’s the artist, not the tools, that are creative. Having said that, we will never be cruel and hold you back from getting art supplies!)”

    However, you will need:
    A copy of ‘Beautiful Faces’
    A fast computer & high-speed internet service to process & watch the videos will be vital as well as enough technical know-how to navigate the site.
    Bring a healthy ARTitude!

    My Beautiful Faces Kit is a fantastic one for this workshop. It contains all of the items shown above, including a signed copy of the Beautiful Faces book.

    Art Journal Kit Essentials

    My Art Journal Essentials Kit is also a fantastic collection of supplies for this workshop and beyond. It includes all of the items shown above.

    You may also want to get Liquitex Fluid Matte Medium.

     

    The school is a safe and loving space
    full of creative-minded spirits where you can feel free to be your arty self.
    Fun, fun, fun!
    Jamie, USA

    “I haven’t painted in soo long! Life just got hectic. I’m soo glad I took the time tonight to work on this. I feel that my art supply obsession is reignited!

    Ronelia, South Africa
    Trina

    “I am amazed at how different my faces are turning out each day. Each day I finish with total amazement at how good it is, then see yesterday’s next to it and wonder why I thought it was so amazing when I have done so much better this time. I can’t wait to see what it ends up looking like after 100 days.”

    Trina, Australia
    Dana

    “I have learnt so many new techniques in this lesson-thank you so much Jane Davenport for this amazing, in-depth lesson on turned faces! When I first flicked through Janes book and looked at the different hair styles she shows us inside, I was absolutely entranced by her drawing with the hair blowing in the wind. I would have never thought that I will be able to achieve something like that!”

    Dana ,Australia

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    The Faces Set
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