Whist sketching this woman in Addis today a man approached me with that very question, “how do you draw people ” ?

He told me all about his attempts at drawing his sister and how the sketches looked nothing like her.


I suggested he start as I did.

My art teacher at school would repeat these steps to me over and over again –

  •  Draw a line down the center of the face  ensuring both sides of the face are symmetrical.
    –  Draw Guidelines on the Face.
    –  Draw Eyes.
    –  Draw a Nose Proportionate to the Face.
    –  put in eyebrows, lips, ears and

That’s the easy bit I told him, the hardest is learning to draw like a child; with no fear of getting it wrong. Perseverance, practice and courage.