Abstract Art doesn’t look real (like a photograph), but represents real things using shapes, lines + colors. These abstract faces have large, simple facial features + are broken up into shapes, filled in with fun colors. Follow along for simple steps to draw an abstract face + for lots of ideas for how to make yours unique!
~ Abstract art helps us remember there is no wrong way to create art ~
- watercolor paper
- pencil + eraser
- permanent marker
- watercolor paints
- water cup + paper towels
Want to skip the painting and simply color in your face? Here’s what you’ll need:
- pencil + eraser
- coloring materials of your choice
Starting with your pencil, follow step-by-step to draw a basic abstract face. The red line indicates the next step.
This is YOUR artwork – leave out anything you don’t want to include!
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Make your abstract face unique by adding details!
Hair! Here are a few different examples:
Eyes! You can leave them plain, or add details. Examples:
Face Details! Want to add cheeks? Eyelids? Eye Lashes? Smile lines? Nostrils? Ear-insides? Examples:
More Details! Want to add jewelry? Shoulders? Clothing? Anything in the background? Examples:
If you drew your face with pencil, you can now choose to go over your lines with a black marker.
If you are planning to paint your face be SURE to use a permanent marker! Otherwise a regular marker will do.
Grown-Up Tip: have a beginner artist draw with a pencil, and when they’re done, YOU can go over the lines for them. This gives beginners the freedom to “mess up” with the opportunity to erase, and is a good option for artists that aren’t yet trusted with a permanent marker.
When your drawing is finished, fill it in with color!
Use any materials you want to color in your face. Remember, this is an abstract face – it can be fun to use wild colors that don’t look realistic!
Created by 6 year old Vivian
watercolor, pencil, permanent marker
on watercolor paper
Here are more examples of finished abstract faces:
colored pencil crayon marker
patterns drawn with crayon first
watercolor on top
Did you make this project?