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October 26, 2015
[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
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tutorial - drawing a female face

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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Would love if you could answer my question about this tutorial quickly. Fingers crossed!

I'm struggling to get the linework multiplying to work. I'm not sure if maybe I'm overlooking something. Am I supposed to completely avoid colouring over any lines in the layer underneath?

When I switch my lineart to multiply, all of the lineart is covered by what I painted underneath and it seems extremely tedious to fix it all up, and looks kind of weird in general. Granted, I'm using Photoshop CS6, not sure if there is a difference in how the programs handle it.

I've resigned to just keeping the lineart layer normal but I would love any tips/direction you could offer.

Thanks! Lovely work. You're an inspiration :)

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thanks for your kind words! as for your issue, do you mean that you can see the messy parts of what you painted under? or is your lineart literally partially obsucred? in the latter case, are you sure you have it on multiply? maybe you've got a clipping layer on - in which case, avoid that, because you don't want to clip the layer. the lines should show all over, but be affected by the layer underneath. you might get some rough and messy edges but you can always fix that up at the last phase of the process, when you render and detail a little more. i hope this helps!

Loish, estoy comenzando, por lo que he buscado referencias sobre la ilustración, veo con alegría que eres una de las más reconocidas ilustradoras a nivel mundial, por lo que es un honor poder postear algo para tí. Muy buena infografía, algo breve en cuanto a los procesos para dibujar los ojos, tengo muchos problemas para los labios, ojalá y pudieras subir algo al respecto.

Blugo34's avatar
do you have anything for anatomy?
loish's avatar

i've done a tutorial on constructing poses recently! it's only available to patrons but it's just $5 a month.

kadharonon's avatar

I've been trying to figure out digital painting, so I used this tutorial to draw one of my own characters and I am almost ANGRY at how pretty the result is, thank you, this is a good tutorial for someone who is sitting here with NO CLUE what they're doing.

xxmisa's avatar

Thank you!!!

Vyctorian's avatar
Thanks for making this!~
HUANG2019's avatar
Thank you very much for sharing the tutorial.
PranavMHari's avatar
She is gorgeous!
emcorpus's avatar
Lois, thank you so much for your generosity in sharing.
ive referred to this tutorial 1193219389453789 times like any time im doing a painting and i still cant get it right :^)
MiLaNThEPeNCiLs's avatar
Your work is superb! 
Lilly-Mist's avatar
This is great! Thank you.
xKaoruh's avatar
Omg I love this tutorial so much, thank you for this! You are such a big inspiration for me, absolute art goddess ♥ *-*.
AusFastLife's avatar
Yeah, I agree with everyone else.  That is an amazing picture and a really well done tutorial.  Can I ask a beginner question, and anyone feel free to answer, I notice on many tutorials and speed paintings etc, the artist will say, do X, and we can see that doing X makes a big improvement on the image, but as a beginner I am never sure what the actual process is that we are being told to do.  e.g. in this tutorial for example, up in Part 5:  Base Color, Step 2.3 the instruction is "Clean edges and fix color layer".  As a beginner I don't actually know what that means.  What exactly does one do to "Clean edges"?  And what is the process of "fixing" the color layer?  Any thoughts on these specific instructions would be very much appreciated!
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hey! thanks for your comment!
What I mean by that is: once you set your lines to multiply and change the color of the lines, this usually reveals some inconsistencies in your color layer. some color blocking might appear sloppy because it becomes 'exposed' by the lighter lines. so you have to go to your color layer and make sure it's all consistent and neatly colored in. if you look at the outer edge of the hair in the step before.. and compare it to the step after.. you can see that it's been made a bit 'neater'. that's what i mean :)
hope that helps!
KaiVorail's avatar
Excuse the expression but Holy Crap! This was really well done and I learnt quite a bit from it. Thank you.
MatMyHair's avatar
I do know how to thank you for this tutorial! <3 Loish's tutorial - female face practice 
I am sorry that i drew the same lineart as you but i wanted to focus on the colouring only 
FantalecGateway's avatar
First recommendation I got on sketchbook!This really helped me souch and I feel like I'm actually making some progress! Thank you so much!!!
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