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Appreciating abstract portraits and faces

Well before babies recognize anything else in their environment, they recognize the human face. They learn to follow their parents' gaze and mimic every expression, from an arch of the eyebrow to the curl of a lip.

This fascination with human expression doesn’t leave us as we get older. As adults, we may have a better grasp of facial expressions but that doesn’t make them any less captivating.

What’s at the root of this fascination? Lots of things. Faces are exquisitely subtle and unique maps of life, etched onto an endlessly evolving canvas.

So it’s no wonder they’ve been a favored subject throughout art history, and the focal point of one of the hottest wall art trends in recent years.

If you’re looking for a way to update your home decor in a creative and thought-provoking way, abstract faces and portrait art may be just the thing. Here’s why.

Faces tell stories

As much as we might like to think otherwise, a face reveals so much more than it hides. The lines on a face can tell of a life well lived or one filled with hardship. The glint in an eye can hint at depths no words can adequately express.

Abstract artists live for this kind of ambiguity and it has given rise to some of history’s most memorable and exciting works of art.

A surefire way to add movement, color, and visual intrigue to your home is with an abstract portrait that tells a story—one that unfolds alongside your own.


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Faces reveal something about us

The meaning of Mona Lisa’s smile has been debated for centuries, and the matter will never be truly settled. Why? Because faces are difficult to interpret and when we look at them, it’s almost as if we are looking at ourselves. We project our own thoughts, experiences, and interpretations onto them.

In this way, portraits aren’t just art—they’re mirrors. They reflect something back to us about our own minds and hearts. They’re an essential element in our search for meaning and a truly stunning way to bring people together.

Just watch what happens when you hang an abstract canvas print in your house. People gravitate towards it. It becomes a conversation piece. A subject of debate.

You’ll be amazed at how one artwork can provoke such divergent viewpoints. Your dinner parties will never be the same.

Faces offer limitless creativity

Andy Warhol. Picasso. De Kooning. Basquiat. All of these artists were obsessed with painting faces and none of their works even remotely resemble each other.

Could there be any better proof of how endlessly versatile the human face is?

What’s even more captivating about these portraits is how an abstract face invites you to consider the wonderful complexity of the face and the human being behind it. Warhol repeated Marilyn’s face over and over in different colors, urging the viewer to see her in different lights. Picasso played with color and whimsically rearranged features to reveal just how much chaos lurks underneath the surface.

Abstract faces give you something to think about and reflect on, deepening your understanding of yourself and others. What better way to add some interest to your interior design with a thought-provoking canvas print.


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Fill your home with thought-provoking portraits and abstract art faces

It’s one thing to see abstract artwork on a trip to a gallery. It’s quite another to see an artwork every day and to let your understanding of it evolve as you do.

The bottom line? Art is meant to be lived with. Filling your home with framed abstract art may just open up your inner world and unleash your creativity in unexpected ways.


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Abstract art is in! You can learn how to draw an abstract face using simple lines and shapes. All you will need is a pen or a pencil and this easy-to-follow, step-by-step drawing tutorial.

What is abstract art? By definition, it is "art that does not attempt to represent external reality, but seeks to achieve its effect using shapes, forms, colors, and textures."

Over 100 years ago, many artists decided that they did not just want to paint pictures of things they saw. Instead, they wanted to use shapes and colors to express their emotions.

Scroll down for a downloadable PDF of this tutorial.

One of these artists was Pablo Picasso. He often painted people who looked unreal. Their features were broken down into rough shapes as seen from different perspectives. For example, part of the face might be in profile, while another part was seen from the front - all in the same painting.

Picasso also used bright, unrealistic colors. Henri Matisse's painting Green Stripe is another example of this. It is a portrait of his wife, but her face is yellow with a prominent green stripe down the middle - the stripe from which the painting gets its name. The background is made up of blocks of color.

The abstract portrait in our drawing guide is based on famous works such as these. Unleash your inner artist as you learn how to draw an abstract face!

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Silhouette, Confuse Anime Face, and Face.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing an Abstract Face

1. Begin by drawing the unmatched abstract eyes. For each eye, draw an oval in which the lines don’t quite connect. Draw a curved line terminating in a spiral across one eye, indicating an eyelid and lashes.

2. Extend a similar spiral line across the remaining eye. Then, shade a small cube within each eye to form the pupils. Draw a partial oval around one eye.

3. From the bottom of the incomplete oval, draw a “G” shaped line to form the nose. Below this, draw a wide “M” shaped line and connect its legs with a curved line. This forms the lips of the painting.

4. Use curved lines to draw crescent moon-shaped eyebrows above each eye. Use another curved line to enclose the lower lip. Draw an “L” shaped line from the nose to indicate the side of the face.

5. Draw a curved line from the point of one eyebrow, with a “C” shaped line at its end. Cross the bottom of the “C” shape with a small right triangle. The “C” shape is an ear, and the triangle is an earring.

6. Connect the base of the ear to the side of the face with a short line. Then, draw a “C” shaped ear and triangular earring on the opposite side.

7. Draw straight lines above and below the ear and above the opposite brow. Then, wind a curved line with multiple “L” shaped bends along the side of the face and behind the ear.

8. Draw long, curved “L” shaped lines along the side of the head to suggest flowing hair. Attach them at the bottom with a straight diagonal line. Impose more hair on the top of the head using one long curved line.

9. Draw curved lines to texture the hair on top of the head. Then draw straight diagonal lines across the background of the portrait.

Color your cartoon of an abstract portrait. Use bright, unnatural colors in keeping with the cubist style.

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Do you want to learn how to draw an abstract face? Well, the good news is that there are man different techniques and materials that you can use as you learn how to draw an abstract face. As an artist, it’s often difficult for people to push themselves beyond their comfort zone.

If you think back to your beginnings as an artist, you didn’t sit in an art class and learn how to create abstract art. You probably started with sill life drawings, then other realistic subjects. Abstract art is a step outside of the norm for many people, but once you embrace it, the possibilities are endless. You really can do just about anything you want to.

How do you draw an abstract face? Here are 10 clear techniques to draw an abstract face using various artistic techniques

  1. Continuous Line Drawings
  2. Cubist Portrait
  3. Expressionist Portrait in Oil Pastel
  4. Expressionist Portrait in Charcoal
  5. Doodle a Face
  6. Drawing a Zentangle Face
  7. Mixed Media Portrait
  8. Draw a Distorted Portrait
  9. Draw a Face to Music

You do it any way you want to. You draw them it using any materials that you want to. The beauty of abstract art is that there is no wrong way to do it. If your perspective is off, or the shadows aren’t quite right, it really doesn’t matter with an abstract portrait. The only thing you need to do is come up with a vision, then find the right approach and materials to execute it. The following are 10 different abstract portrait ideas that you should try if you are trying to get your feet wet in the exciting world of abstract art.

1. Continuous Line Drawing Of The Face

What is a continuous line drawing? It’s exactly what the name implies. Instead of lifting up your pen or pencil, you never take it off fo the paper. When you are drawing a portrait in this manner, using a model can help a great deal. What’s nice is that you don’t have to purposely exaggerate any features of your model, the fact that the line is continuous is enough to make the portrait abstract. If you want to add a nice twist to this approach, try not looking at your paper as well as not lifting up your pen or pencil. Just concentrate on your model, and let what happens to happen. When you are drawing a continuous line drawing of a face, a pencil will work, but a simple ballpoint pen will give you a smoother line.

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2. Cubist Portrait

Cubism, made famous by Picasso, involves stripping away all of the soft edges and shadows that you would typically focus on when drawing or painting a portrait. With those smooth edges and shadows gone, you instead focus on sharp edges and angles, and colors appropriate to your subject. You don’t try to capture a perfect likeness of the person you a drawing or painting. Instead, you try to capture their essence using color and a characterized, cubist approach to their features.

3. Expressionist Portrait In Oil Pastels

Expressionism is defined by a distortion of the natural appearance of an image to convey a certain mood. This is done by using a color palette that helps to establish the atmosphere of a piece, and also by eliminating details, and in some cases distorting the appearance of your subject. If you want to create an expressionist portrait, then oil pastels are the perfect medium to work in. Oil pastels are pigment suspended in an oil binder. They look like crayons, but they are very different than crayons.

With oil pastels, you can lay down color quickly, and with proper blending, you can achieve a look that is very similar to an oil painting. Oil pastels can also be thinned with turpentine giving you the ability to further blend the line between drawing and painting. If you have always wanted to dabble in oil painting, oil pastels are a great gateway into that medium. If you finish an oil pastel portrait that you would like to keep, keep in mind that oil pastels never fully dry. That means you’ll need to frame it behind glass.

4. Expressionist Portrait In Charcoal

While an expressionist portrait in oil pastels will focus on color, an expressionist portrait in charcoal will be a darker piece due to the fact charcoal is black and not colorful. One of the more exciting ways to use charcoal is with water. Try drawing your image on watercolor paper with charcoal. Then use a wet paintbrush to smear the image, it will give you a look similar to ink and wash. You can also mist your picture with a water bottle to create randomized effects similar to a watercolor painting.

5. Just Doodle A Face

Have you ever tried to just sit down and doodle something? You don’t start with a plan or have some kind of methodical approach. You just grab a pen or pencil and start drawing. Let your imagination go wild, exaggerate features, and just have fun. Just doodling faces is a great way to step out of your comfort zone and get used to create abstract images.

6. Zentangle Face

While many abstract portraits eschew fine details, a Zentangle portrait does the opposite. Zentangle art features intricate repetitive patterns that are used to mesmerize the viewer. They are intricate and time-consuming, but when done correctly, it can be spectacular. One tip for creating Zentangle art is to embrace mistakes. While you may be tempted to try to erase an errant pencil mark, don’t. In fact, try working in ink to prevent yourself from being able to change a stroke once it has put down on paper.

7. Mixed Media Collage And Drawing

Mixed media portraits are a lot of fun to create, and they allow you to take your art into realms that aren’t possible with a single medium. The only real rule with mixed media collage portraits is that you use a heavy paper. You need something that can stand up to the abuse you are about to put it through. Feel free to use pen, pencil, ink, paint, pastel, oil pastel, and of course various items you can glue down to create your artistic masterpiece.

8. Pop Art Portrait

A pop art portrait involves simplifying the shapes and colors of your subject to create an abstract representation of what they look like. Unlike other types of abstract art, you aren’t really trying to distort your subject with a pop art portrait. Instead, you are trying to simplify things. Look at the most prominent features of your subject, and emphasize those. Choose bright colors, and don’t worry about the details.

9. Draw A Photograph And Distort It

Drawing from a photograph and intentionally distorting it is a great way to get into the practice of creating abstract images. Rather than having to feel pressure by drawing or painting with a live model, you can work at your own pace, in private. You can experiment and look at what looks good, and what doesn’t seem to work. Whatever you do, don’t try to copy the photo. Create your art from the photo and make something unique.

10. Draw A Portrait To Music.

Music has an ability to evoke emotions in people, so it stands to reason that listening to music when you are drawing a portrait can help to get the creative juices flowing. When you start to get, your supplies set up, and prepare to begin working. Turn on the music, and before you put pencil to paper close your eyes, and think about what you are feeling. Then, start to create. When working in this manner, it’s best to work quickly. Don’t worry about making mistakes. This is abstract art! There are no mistakes! One great medium for this type of portrait creation is oil pastels. They let you get your thoughts down quickly with bold colors, which really lends itself to this approach.

Experiment And Don’t Be Afraid To Try Things That You Aren’t Comfortable With

Creating abstract art is something that many people struggle with. Which is ironic since creating photorealistic interpretations of a person are so much more challenging. If you aren’t sure if abstract portraits are something you’ll enjoy, take a moment to think about what you want to accomplish as an artist. Do you want to simply copy your model? Do you want to create an interesting, but lifeless portrait of your subject? If so, then why not try photography instead?

With abstract portraits, you can really come into your own as an artist. You can try new things without fear of failing because you can’t do anything wrong. You can work to capture the essence of your subject, instead of merely trying to copy what they look like. In fact, once you really delve into abstract portraits, you may find that your work will give you a better sense of your subject than any of the realistic portraits you have ever done. Feel free to experiment with new approaches, this will allow you to grow as an artist and develop a unique style. Look at the masters for inspiration, but don’t copy them. Be yourself. Find your own approach. Abstract art can be incredibly fulfilling, and it’s something that is different than what you have probably done before. So, embrace it, and experiment, and have fun while you are at it!

My Favourite Drawing Resources

General Drawing Courses. I really like Udemy if you are looking to develop your knowledge of drawing techniques Udemy is an excellent choice due to its wide range of creative courses and excellent refund policy. They often have monthly discounted deals for new customers, which you can check here. Use my link.

Sketching and Collage. Take a look at this sketching resource I have created. Use this link.

Proko. Is one of my favorite teachers who surpasses in the teaching of Anatomy and Figure drawing. Prokos course breaks down the drawing of the human body into easy-to-follow components aiding the beginner to make rapid progress. For this, I really like Proko.

Art Easels. One of my favorite ways to draw is by using a drawing easel, which develops the skill of drawing on a vertical surface. The H frame easel is an excellent vertical easel way to add variety to the style and type of marks you create when using a drawing board.

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Abstract Face Drawing for beginners - Step by Step

Draw an Abstract Face

Direct students how to draw an abstract face like this one and you will always have a drawing that FILLS the entire paper. Scroll down to see more ideas for how to finish it.

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If your students seem to be drawing smaller and smaller every day, and erasing their paper to death while they are at it, try this abstract face drawing project. The tutorial instructs that lines must touch the edge of the paper so everyone will have a drawing that fills the entire sheet. That means there are all kinds of closed spaces that can have pattern added, and lots of different colors on top.

You don’t have to create it with crayons and watercolor (although that is my favorite combo), you could finish it with markers or tempera (scroll down to see some examples). The point is that it will force students to make an unconventional drawing, and most likely result in something very different from their usual approach to drawing a face.

This was one of my all time favorite classroom projects, and worked as well for 5th graders as it did for kinders.

Preview of the Step by Step Abstract Face Tutorial

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MATERIALS

  • Draw an Abstract Face PDF Tutorial (see button above)
  • Watercolor paper
  • Sharpie marker, chisel tip
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Crayons
  • Liquid watercolor paint

DIRECTIONS

Time needed: 1 hour.

Draw and Paint an Abstract Face in 9 easy steps

  1. Make guidelines. Draw the nose.

  2. Extend the two sides to the top of the paper.

  3. Draw a simple mouth.

  4. Draw the chin.

  5. Draw four curved lines for the eyes.

  6. Finish the inside of each eye. Add a neck.

  7. Add center of eyes. Draw vertical lines above and below the mouth.

  8. Trace with black marker. Add lines with crayons.

  9. Paint over all with watercolor paints.

Inspiring Student Artwork

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