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tutorial - drawing a female face by loish tutorial - drawing a female face by loish
at long last! a loish tutorial! this one was commissioned by the folks over at autodesk-sketchbook, for the March Hero Challenge that just went up! more info here - March Hero Challenge: Stephen Silver

the image is huge, please be patient and give it some time to load :)

although the art was made in autodesk sketchbook 7 (more info on the program here -, the method applies to basically any digital program that has basic layer and brush functions. i mostly use photoshop but have been playing around with sketchbook more since getting a cintiq companion (it's a more intuitive and fast program for touch devices). 

for more information on my techniques (including background information, tips, and links to process vids and other resources i've done in the past): please check out my FAQ!! - F.A.Q - new and improved
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Given 2015-10-26
[Stock & Resources] This tutorial is an informative and in-depth guide on how to draw a female face. Artists will find the clearly explained steps incredibly useful.  tutorial - drawing a female face by loish ( Suggested by SirCassie and Featured by CelticStrm-Stock )
thesleepyunicornx Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I am still struggling with finding the perfect skin color combo [ base+shade+highlights]. But I think I did okay.
Portrait practice by thesleepyunicornx
inu0toast Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2017  New Deviant
This is really good and made me sad about my own art
storydawning Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for sharing this tutorial! I love it. It's so helpful and I keep coming back to it. My version is posted on my instagram…
SasseStyle Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
I really loved this tutorial! It helped me out so much, and I enjoyed learning from my favorite artist! I'd love to see more full tutorials from you Loish!
Here's the result from this:
LoishGirl1 by SasseStyle  

Sorry, it's blurry.
Artistic-Pineapple Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2017
I can't thank you enough!
This tutorial is so broken down and helpful; it gave me exactly what I needed! 

Red Kelpie Sketch by Artistic-Pineapple
loish Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2017
happy to hear that! lovelly drawing :)
omniscientllama Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2017  Student Digital Artist
this is really amazing and super helpful. thank you so much!
omniscientllama Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2017  Student Digital Artist
this is amazing. it helped me so much. thank you <3
PrimeHunter Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2017  Professional General Artist
Hey! Just found this...I'mma gonna give it a shot :D.
A-Parrales Featured By Owner Edited Jun 10, 2017
Amazing tutorial! Thanks!
Daemonic-Neko Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2017   Digital Artist
This tutorial has been a life saver in helping me further myself in digital art. I used this tutorial to do this piece:  Practice Piece by Daemonic-Neko
AestheticMermaids Featured By Owner May 31, 2017  Student Digital Artist
This helped me a lot! I am currently developing a style and I kept these tips in mind
Itunu Featured By Owner May 27, 2017
Thank you so much! I'll probably try this out! I am a dummy! 
sasschan Featured By Owner Edited May 21, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I went through this, and it really helped me with shading, coloring, and such. Great tutorial!
Speedy-Rogue Featured By Owner May 8, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this tutorial. I think it will help me a lot with areas I have been struggling with, it is the best tutorial I have found covering these steps so far!
Speedy-Rogue Featured By Owner May 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
In case you are interested, here is the piece I made using this tutorial, which has been a big help:  Stunned Fox Girl (Katherine Design) by Leon2309
DAAscia Featured By Owner May 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome I'm gonna try these techniques! :) Do you have a how to draw male faces tutorial?
Berrymoar Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2017
This is incredibly useful! Thanks you so, so much :)
KyleHeath Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So so good, thank you for taking the time to make this! I bought my first tablet 2 weeks ago--big learning curve but so addicting and fun! What a treat to see the steps broken down by one of my favorite artists! Thanks again!
Oiamore Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This was an absolutely fantastic tutorial and was so so helpful for me getting into digital art. Thank you so so so much.
I did create my first proper drawing using this tutorial here is the link to it….
loish Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017
so glad you found it useful!!
Oiamore Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It was thank you, the best tutorial that I have found in my personal opinion and has really helped me when I was stuck with my learning
TripTheWideSky Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017
Great tutorial!!  Thank you so much!  Heart +fav 
World-of-Chaos Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
great tutorial! thx a bunch! 
Amaltea1983 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you for share this, thank you for take the time to explain each detail :)

Enjoy!! :)
hotfrogcreative Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017
Just done reading the tutorial..I hope it will work here..
ReaganIridescence Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The examples of lighting are really helpful. I really like how organic your art looks and now I know how you do it :3 Thank you for making this!
wishing to work out
VectorMero Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2016
Thank you for this tutorial! :)
devil188 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016
Thanks for that awesome guide, did my art with the Intuos Draw, first time drawing and this came out:
sehcliw Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice Tutorial....
EvilNotIncluded Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Super helpful! Thanks so much for making this!
AliMacArt Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so helpful, thank you so much for your time on tutorials <3
MxCastielGutierrez Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2016  Professional Interface Designer
This is beautiful! Autodesk definitely got the right person for the commission! I better start practicing XD
k9Dogster Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i'l see
hanonly1 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
very nice tutorial :) 
Finngall Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2016
I fount Autodesk Sketchbook because of this tutorial which is the only digital art program I actually have fun with! So thank you so much for making this tutorial ^.^
DoomedP Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Where you were all this time? Thanks!
GypsieOtterAnime Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016   General Artist
really nice, love your style!
Ebony-Black Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg, I just saw your new sketches on facebook and I beg of you, please do a tutorial on dreadlocks. You're like one in a million of the people to draw them on characters!
Hasterlect Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This really helps! Referenced for… . My humans have already improved immensely by using this! <33
sakpalamey Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Don't understand a thing, but it will come in handy one day, I suppose.
rFlu Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2016  Student General Artist
This is fantastic, thanks you so much!! <3
Pandado1 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So informative! Thanks! :D
NU27 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing! Thank you so much!
ThreeBrccmsticks Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so helpful! Thanks!
anitaluv Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2016
this helped me so much at first i wasn't even able to digitally draw but now look where i've gotten, take a look at my art:)…
Imangaanimeandart Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Yes loish is an amazing artist!
TheDekuTree101 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The highlights on the eyes should be facing the same direction i think
D-a-k-s Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2016
I know there is loads of different tutorials out there but this will now be my go to tutorial just what i'm looking for i can't show my gratitude enough to an artist that has amazing work! :)
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