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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 )
HUANG2019 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2019  New Deviant
Thank you very much for sharing the tutorial.
PranavMHari Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Detritophage Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She is gorgeous!
emcorpus Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018  Professional General Artist
Lois, thank you so much for your generosity in sharing.
galax-am Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
ive referred to this tutorial 1193219389453789 times like any time im doing a painting and i still cant get it right :^)
MiLaNThEPeNCiLs Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Your work is superb! 
Lilly-Mist Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is great! Thank you.
BethandKate1997 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2018
very nice.
xKaoruh Featured By Owner May 30, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg I love this tutorial so much, thank you for this! You are such a big inspiration for me, absolute art goddess ♥ *-*.
metselmannetje Featured By Owner May 24, 2018
I go try it

AusFastLife Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
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!
loish Featured By Owner May 14, 2018
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 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Excuse the expression but Holy Crap! This was really well done and I learnt quite a bit from it. Thank you.
MatMyHair Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
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 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
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!!!
diananemesu 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
This is really good and made me sad about my own art
loish Featured By Owner May 14, 2018
don't be!! always keep drawing!!
FantalecGateway Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Naw don't be sad about your own art! Everyone has to start someahere Nd everyone's art is different!
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!
twilign 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!
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