Print out the above half faces. Make sure your print outs are the same size. Both pictures are actually mirror images of the right hand side of the Mona Lisa's face. I have cropped the picture and printed it in gray scale for this exercise.
A printed copy of both images
An HB, 2B and 6B pencil
A blending stomp or piece of tissue paper, wrapped around your finger to blend the light and dark tones
A 9x12 piece of drawing paper
When you are done drawing and shading the left half of the face, open up your picture and mark to the right of the fold where the top of the head, hairline, eye bottom of the nose, lips and chin touch the fold
As you draw, try checking your work periodically using a mirror. Place the folded paper up against the edge of the mirror to create a complete face. Compare your shading to Leonardo Da Vinci's shading to see how you can improve on your work.
Click here for a guided tour of the masterpieces of the Louvre, including the Mona Lisa.
I created the worksheet below to help my students avoid some common drawing errors. They used it as a self assessment checklist before turning in their work.
|Half a face by a seventh grade student|
Copied, flipped and put together to
create the entire face using Adobe Photoshop
|Drawing by seventh grade student|
For more lessons on drawing and shading faces please see my other posts: