Two-Faced Portraits


  • Two Reference Photos (two different facial expressions, head on and from the same angle)
  • 18×24 white paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Tortillons (Smudge Sticks)

Time to learn how to draw faces!  There are some basic rules that all faces follow.  For example, once you have an oval drawn for a head the eyes are ALWAYS halfway between the top of the oval and your chin (provided you are looking straight on).  Here is a break-down of the basic facial proportions:


For this particular assignment you will take two pictures of yourself.  Both must be straight on and from the collarbones up.  In one picture you will be showing one face you show the world and in the other you will show a different face.  For example: when you come to school you are expected to dress and behave a certain way.  When you are out with your friends you might dress and behave very differently.  This is perfectly natural, we all have different facets of ourselves.  This portrait will be a Jekyl and Hyde of these two aspects of yourself, exactly like Two-Face from Batman.


This is why it is important for both pictures to be head-on, so we will be able to see both sides of your face.

Start with a generic oval and lay down the basic guidelines for the features of your face.  Once your guidelines are drawn, decide which side of your face will be which picture.  Now you can start adding in the features of your face.  If your facial expressions are very dramatic then some things might not line up perfectly, that’s fine!  Don’t get too crazy with the shading until your whole face is mapped out, when you’re first starting you might have to do some re-adjusting with the features and it’s heartbreaking to have to move an eye you spent half an hour shading perfectly.

Once you are ready to shade, avoid some of the classic no-nos.  Here is a quick video that demonstrates how to shade correctly!


  • Two reference photos of two different aspects of yourself printed out large on two sheets of 8.5/11 paper in color
  • Your drawing should show an understanding of correct facial proportion
  • Your drawing should show two distinct aspects of yourself.

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