Finding basic shapes and values in the face

In this workshop you'll receive...

Thank you for being here

For me, painting free and loose turned out to be a balance between technical skills and learning to be a little easier on myself.

Technique allows me to think about what I want to convey. It gives me the confidence to make mistakes and knowing that I can overcome them.

In this workshop I’d like to share some ways you can achieve a more loose style, while creating a recognizable face at the same time.

In over 1.5 hours of video I will show you how to create a textured surface, mix simple skin tones and build up a face with basic shapes. We will refine the face with some well-placed details and add a few creative touches.

This class was part of Olga Furman’s Paint Your Heart And Soul 2019. Many students have said it was an intense class but one that allowed for quick progress in understanding the basic shapes and values of the face.

If you’d like to learn more about what this class is about, read on!

Much love,



What will I take from this class?

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1. Values, mixing and sketching

In this first video we’ll discuss topics like values, color mixing and sketching. It’s a lot of information at once, but we can come back to it later if we need it!

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2. Basic shapes

With a palette knife, we’ll fill in our basic shapes with different, corresponding values. The palette knife will give us a loose, textured look.

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3. Blending and details

Using different mid tones, we’ll blend our basic shapes and tie them together. We can focus on a little bit more detail in both features and values.

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4. Adding visual interest

At the end of this project we’ll discuss how to add uniformity to your portrait. We’ll also see how to add more depth in order to make your portrait more visually appealing.


Here are the materials we're going to be working with. You can also download the supply list for more info on substitutions!

Drawing guides

My goal is to make all my classes accessible for all levels, even if you're just starting out. It's also important to me that you have fun. If sketching isn't for you or if you feel like going straight into the painting process, feel free!

I have created drawing guides and outlines for you to use as you please. Trace them, transfer them, do what makes your art process feel good!

PDF guide

Looking for something and don't feel like watching all the videos again? No worries! I've created a PDF guide with all the painting steps - including stills from the videos - for you.


finding basic shapes and values in the face

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