Hello & Welcome

The Art Nest is a safe place to learn and grow.  If you need help drawing faces for your art journal, watercolor paintings or mixed media projects then you are in the right place!

Each month I will add a new free lesson based on your requests and feedback.  I just figured it would be easier to keep them all in one place.  So, you can call this your creative nest - I hope to help you spread your wings!  It's corny but fit's the theme lol! 

Consistent practice is the biggest thing that has helped me improve my drawings.  I want to encourage you to make time for drawing and sketching so you can grow and become more confident.

I'm open for any suggestions for next months class.  Scroll down, enjoy the latest lesson and let me know how I can help!

Welcome to Our July Lesson

The theme for July is Different & Beautiful.  I chose this theme because I feel that it's important to embrace our uniqueness and express that with our artwork.

I would like for you to explore your own style and faces you enjoy drawing. ♥︎

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We will be doing a collage style sketchbook page.  This is a great way for you to fill up your page an not over think it!

A few tips:

▻ If you are short on time you can make your faces larger or work on a smaller sheet of paper.  (I was getting a little tired by the 7th face, but it pays off trust me!) 

▻ If you don't feel comfortable drawing in 3/4 view just yet you can stick to frontal view.  But I would like for you to try at least one face in 3/4 to get some practice in.

▻ You can use different shapes or marks to fill in the space between the faces.

Have fun!  If you don't know how to draw faces please go to the 5-day face drawing challenge to learn - it was our lesson from April so you can scroll down the page as well.

Looking forward to seeing your pages in our Facebook Group. ♥︎ Danielle

P.S. I've added the July art journal lesson over on my Patreon.  Membership starts at $5 per month.  If you like the free lessons you will love the monthly classes, downloads and challenges!  Click here to learn more...

Welcome to Our May Lesson


This months lesson comes with a mood board.  I wanted you to be able to take the drawing a bit further and use your imagination to create an enchanted magical scene.  

This is optional of course but it's a chance to turn your drawing into a fun character.  I hope you enjoy this lesson and pick up some tips about how to draw the face in 3/4 view.

 I lost the link for this photo :(.  You can click the photo to download.  I have linked similar photos  here  and  here .

I lost the link for this photo :(.  You can click the photo to download.  I have linked similar photos here and here.


♥︎ Never give up.  Great things take time. ♥︎

Welcome to our 5 - Day Face Drawing Challenge

This month we are doing things a bit different.  I saw all of the feed-back from our Facebook group and thought it was time to get back to basics.

The #1 areas of concern are proportions and feature placement.  The next were the features of the face individually. 

So, over the next week we will dive into the basics of face drawing so we no longer have to worry about what goes where.  No more second guessing your drawing process!  These are bite-sized lessons to guide you in the right direction.  Download the calendar & let's get it started!

If you would like daily email reminders you can sign-up here.

I will post each lesson and all downloads everyday right here on the site.  Feel free to share your progress over in the FB group.  Use #5facechallenge on social so we can connect!

5 - Day Face Drawing Challenge: Day 1 | Proportions

For your first day, we will hit the ground running with proportions practice.  All you have to do is print the worksheet and follow along with the video lesson.

Grab your download here....

Watch the lesson...I will start on page 1 of the printable.

For homework, please complete page 4!

Don't forget to share in the Facebook group!

See you tomorrow for day 2!

♥︎ Danielle

Day - 2 | Shading

Yay! Day 2 is here. Let's practice shading!

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Reprint page 4 from the worksheet

Take a look at sketches and drawings from artist of the past and pay close attention to their line work.  Your lines can be different and you can experiment with mediums and styles.

Gustav Klimt has long flowing line work while Vincent Van Gogh has short hash marks.  No matter how you make a mark as long as you are paying attention to your shapes, light, and shadow you can't go wrong.

See you on Day 3!

Day 3: Focus on the Eyes

Today, it's all about the eyes.  We will cut out features from magazines and reference photos to create studies in our sketchbooks.  

We will use this image for our first image.

Download & cut out the image...

Join upslash.com to get more ref photos!

I'll give you quick run down of how I choose good photos to study.

Tag your photos with #5facechallenge to find each other!

See today's demo...

Do two more practice eyes!  You got this!

♥︎ Danielle

Day 4 | Focus on the Nose

Today, it's all about the nose.  Just like in day 3, we will cut out images from magazines and reference photos to create studies in our sketchbooks.

See today's demo...

Download & cut out the image...

Keep up the great work!

Day 5 | Focus on the Mouth

Let's move on to the mouth.  Just keep in mind that less is more.  You don't need much to really make this feature come to life.

See today's demo...

Day 6 | Bonus: Portrait Lesson

I wanted to include a bonus lesson for this challenge.

Today, we are going to create a full portrait with all of the tips we learned from this past week.  This lesson is from my new Ebook: How to Draw Faces Workbook 2.0.  If you need more guidance with drawing faces my new course has over 4 weeks of printables and video lesson just for you!  Act fast, early bird $15.00 off sale ends April 30, 2018! (Use code: newstart2018 at checkout.)

See today's demo...

You made it!  I hope that you no longer have to guess about feature placement or wonder about shading.  Continue creating and drawing each week!

Thanks again for joining this challenge!  I can't wait to see your work.  Remember that your work is unique and your path might not be easy but it's totally worth it!  Try to have fun along the way.

See you soon for next month's lesson!

♥︎ Blessings, Danielle

Welcome to Our March Lesson


In this month's lesson, we will learn how to add movement to our drawings.  You can use this technique with any face.  I like to draw the face out completely and then add movement with the hair.  You could also use a scarf or piece of clothing to get the same result.

Adding movement can help you tell a story about your portrait and makes her more alluring.  If you are new to The Art Nest, thanks for joining us!  Feel free to take the previous lessons and contact me if you have any questions or requests.

Supplies: Col-erase pencil in Blue and a simple sketchbook.  Please use whatever you have on hand.

I need your thoughts - would you benefit from a Facebook group?  The initial lessons would stay here on the site but I would post mid-month challenges and live videos over on FB. 

If you are not on FB I will post all bonus videos here too of course but this might give is a chance to communicate better and we can all share our work with one another.  I've created a poll here so please let me know! 

Would you benefit from a Facebook Group?
Yes, I would love to join, share my work, and get a mid-month challenge!
No, I don't use Facebook but I would like a mid-month drawing challenge.
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On to the lesson...

Thanks for joining me in this lesson!  I will be back in a week or so for our first mid-month drawing challenge.

Side note: All drawing classes are 20% off until March 15th!  Join today! ♥︎


Welcome to our February Lesson

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I hope you enjoyed last months class (scroll down to check it out).  I have another step-by-step class just for you.  I want to encourage you to put your own spin on this drawing and share it on your social media.  Please tag me here on Instagram and here on Facebook so I can share in your progress.

Let's get started...all you need is a pencil and sketchbook.  I'm using a col-erase pencil in brown and a sketchbook with smooth paper.

How did you do?  Did you run into any problems?  Let me know - I'm here to help.  If you would like to share this lesson with a friend please copy and paste this link http://bit.ly/2oAZwlk.



January Lesson: Flower Girl Tutorial


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For our very first lesson of the year, we will focus on drawing the face and getting it ready for watercolor.  I will take you through this drawing from start to finish.  You can keep her as a drawing or add paint.  I put together a time lapse of the painting portion so you can get an idea of how she turned into a painting!


Here are some reference photos I like to use in my sketchbook.  Pinterest is my best friend for inspiration!

Here is what she looks like after my painting session.

Want to keep drawing or need a watercolor lesson?

Today's freebie is over but you can keep drawing and painting along with me.  Here are a few classes you should check out!

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