Design a Female Character: Sketching Portraits with Pencils

How to Draw a Face, How to Draw a Girl, Character Drawing, Pencil Drawing Tutorial, Drawing for Beginners, Drawing Class
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3,027 students
Created by Gabrielle Brickey

What you'll learn

  • How to draw character eyes
  • How to draw a cute nose
  • How to draw lips for female characters
  • How to use a variety of lines in your work to make your art more interesting
  • How to create a visual story with your characters
  • How to set up your character’s facial proportions
  • Ideas for accessories and hairstyles to make your character more unique
  • How to approach drawing simple expressions
  • How to draw a girl stylized
This course includes:
1 total hour on-demand video
0 articles
25 downloadable resources
14 lessons
Full lifetime access
Access on mobile and TV
Certificate of completion

Course content


  • Pencil and paper are the bare necessities. You can add to your drawing tools with erasers, a white gel pen, and other drawing tools as you decide you want to work more on your drawings.
  • We will be working feature to feature in this course and I show all the steps I take with a variety of examples. Beginner artists are welcome in this course!


Learn how to draw cute female characters with pencils!

What we’ll cover in class:

  • Essential materials for sketching characters

  • How to get nice variety in your line work

  • How to draw eyes

  • How to draw cute noses

  • How to draw cute lips and smiles

  • How to draw a female character in front view and three-quarter view

  • How to draw a variety of hairstyles

  • How to draw stylized characters

  • How to draw characters with cute proportions

  • How to easily draw subtle expressions with just two features

  • Techniques for drawing hair

  • How to create a story with your characters

  • Ideas for accessories, hairstyles, and expressions

You can draw! Learn how to draw beautiful, fun, stylized characters!

What will I get when I purchase this class:

  • Approximately 1 hour of straight to the point video content

  • Class practice worksheets to help you solidify the information

  • Step by step printouts

  • Reference sheets for examples

  • Helpful diagrams for quick reference

  • A direct line to me to message me your drawing concerns

About this class:

Have you ever been interested in drawing female characters, but didn’t know where to begin? If so, then this is the class for you.

In this course we’ll dive into the process of sketching cute female characters with pencils and paper.

First, we’ll walk through materials and pencil techniques. Then, we’ll break down sketching the face, feature by feature, in easy to follow steps.

Even if you’re a beginner, by the end of class you’ll be able to draw female characters with ease!

This course is full of worksheets, step-by-step guides, videos, tips, and references to help you learn to draw female characters.

By the end of this course, you’ll know how to draw a variety of eyes, noses, lips, and hairstyles that you can then work into endless combinations.

Why learn with me:

I’ve been sketching and drawing for over 20 years and I still love it as much as I did in the beginning. I have a passion for art, but I also have a passion for teaching art.

I’ve had the pleasure of working with many companies over the years, including Procreate, Clip Studio Paint, XP-Pen, Huion, Ohuhu, and more.

I’ve taught thousands of students how to improve their drawing skills and character illustrations and I’d love to help you on your journey of learning too. Let me share with you the essential drawing techniques that have taken me years of study to figure out!

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to draw characters, but didn’t know where to start, then join in today to learn how to easily sketch stylized female faces.

What if I am an absolute beginner?

In this class, I try to get into the mind of a beginner and how it felt when I was first learning. So if you’re a beginner, feel at home. I think you will be surprised to discover what you’re capable of! 

I’ve taught thousands of beginner artists how to draw characters and you can do it too with lessons and practice!

What materials will I need for class?

To get started, the bare necessities are a pencil and paper.

As you get more into drawing characters however, you may want to expand your toolset. In that case, here are my recommended materials that I love to use when sketching characters.

Drawing Materials:

  • 0.3 3H Lead & 0.3 Draft-Line Pencil

  • 0.5 4B Lead & 0.5 Staedtler Pencil

  • Other Pencil Options: Pro-Matic MC5 or 2B Pentel Lead & 0.9 Draft-Line Pencil

  • Smooth white paper is great, I like HP Premium Choice LaserJet Paper

  • Kneaded Eraser

  • Sakura Electric Eraser

  • White Gel Pen

  • Blending Stumps, Q-tips, or Tissues for blending

How will this course help me in my life, personally and professionally?

Sketching stylized characters I’ve found is very fun but also therapeutic. Drawing helps you enter into an almost meditative state at times, helping you forget worries you may have. Drawing characters can be a form of creative expression and a way to communicate ideas and emotions visually.

If you have an interest in animation, comics, or game design, knowing how to draw characters can be a valuable skill and may lead to opportunities in those fields.

How is this course taught?

This course is taught in English with overhead video tutorials, slide presentations, and visual guides. You will also receive worksheets to help you solidify what’s being taught in the class.

I typically teach by sharing the overall idea and concept first. After that, I typically demonstrate the ideas through an example. Then I share a worksheet or project idea and how you can put the concepts into action through practice.

More information:

My name is Gabrielle Brickey! I’m an artist and teacher, and today we’re going to be drawing stylized female characters.

The question I get asked more than any other in my art is, how do you draw faces? Little faces are so much fun to draw. So I’m really excited to teach this class.

Today we’ll be learning two basic but essential views: the front view and the three-quarter view.

You’ll learn all the basics you need to know to make an endless variety of cute female character portraits. You can use any pencil and paper you have on hand to get started. But I’ll also share with you all the materials I love to use. We’ll talk about line quality and review the essential proportions of the human face. Then we’ll dive right into the process of sketching female characters.

I’ll show you step-by-step how to draw eyes, how to draw noses, how to draw lips, and how to draw hair. I’ll show you how you can easily make your characters come to life with expression, and how you can add little accessories to give your character a story.

I believe even if you’re a beginner, you can walk away from this course with a piece you can be proud of.

I’ll share tons of worksheets, tutorials, tips, and references along the way so you’ll feel confident drawing female characters.

Are you ready to start creating your very own, hand-drawn characters? Join today! I’d love to help you on your journey of learning to draw.

Who this course is for:

  • This course is intended for all levels of artists- Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
  • This class is packed with many examples in under an hour. I want to give you as much information in as little time as possible! So there are many sped up demonstrations. If sped up video content is not for you and your prefer real time examples, then a different course may suit you better.
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