Jessica Russo Scherr

Art Education


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.

Just about every example is from a former student of mine.  Many thanks to them for all of their time and dedication.

How to earn a good grade on your homework

Follow the criteria presented in class and on the website.

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).

Fill the A4 Page of your journal.

Include a background when applicable.

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

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