Jessica Russo Scherr



Draw yourself from direct observation by looking into a mirror. Use 1 strong light source from the side (use a desk lamp if possible). This will make it easier for you to draw

Most faces can be arranged according to general proportions.


Not everyone is the same but these measurements can serve as good guidelines for your self-portrait.


Compare the guidelines with the diagram below. Use this .PDF to guide you through drawing the individual features or visit this page to see more resources.



The eyes are about half way from the top of the head

The nose is slightly above half way down from the eyes


The mouth is about half way from the nose to the chin.


The space between your eyes is 1 eye.

The center of your eyes line up with the corners of your mouth.


Your nostrils extend to the inside corners of your eyes.


The top of your ear is at your eyebrows.

The bottom of your ear is at the bottom of your nose

Above is an exceptional student example. Don't let it intimidate you. However, it is this good because she first focused on the proportions, built up the shading and finally added details. Using side lighting can help.

Homework Policy

All homework is due at the START of class on the due date posted on the website.

LATE homework  is homework that is turned in at the end of the class that it is due or the next art class = 1 grade lower

Homework turned in later then the following art class = ZERO

Homeworks are explained in class and Internet connectivity is not an excuse for not completing homework.  The website is to aid you in your homework.

If you put in effort into a homework but it did not come out as you expected or you misunderstood the assignment:  You may redo it for a better grade within one week.

Absent:  You are responsible to find out what assignments you missed while absent. Generally 1 day will be given for each day missed to make up assignments. Write ABSENT next to your name on the back of the assignment.



How to earn a good grade on your homework

Homework  assignments will take between 1 and 3 hours to complete.

All homework should be completed in your journal unless specified otherwise (not printer paper).

Follow the instructions for each homework.

Include a background when applicable.

Shade using a full range of values using a drawing pencil unless specified otherwise.


Art Teachers

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