Sketching Faces is an online, video based course that will teach you how to sketch and paint girls faces, taught by illustrator Katie Smith.

The ability to draw lifelike faces will help take your artwork to a new a level allowing you to dive into the world of portraiture. Experienced illustrator, Katie Smith, will teach you her very simple method for drawing beautiful faces no matter your skill level. This course starts at the very beginning and will walk you through, step by step, in clear easy to follow videos helping you learn to draw a variety of facial features, different profile views, experiment with different hairstyles, and you will learn Katie’s secrets to coloring in your sketched faces with watercolor paint.

The course includes multiple printable templates to help you practice and grow your skills and step by step guides, video tutorials and ideas and challenges to help you use your new artwork into other art forms you love. Join today if you want to take your drawing skills to the next level and begin sketching lifelike faces in your art.

Your teacher



Katie is a galaxy obsessed artist located in the Pacific North West of the USA. You’ll either find her in the great outdoors, hiking, star-gazing, or in her studio where she loves to paint scenes inspired by her adventures, create fun DIYs and basically anything else creative.

Lesson Plan


Learn how the course works and why you will love using faces in your artwork.


What you need to get started and how to choose the mediums you like best.


Practice the basics of sketching faces by learning the shapes and proportions.


 Learn how to add flowing hair to your faces, how hair can change the feel of a character and worksheets for practice sketching hair onto a character.


Learn how to put your practice to use by completing a finished face. Plus tips for adding personality to your character through emotion.


Learn how to draw a profile from start to finish with multiple profile examples.


Learn the secrets to coloring in sketched faces with Katie’s favorite medium- Watercolor! Including best tips for working with watercolor, adding details to your faces and when to work with a wet-on-wet technique vs. a wet-on-dry technique.


Take a flip through Katie’s art journals and see examples of pages that include faces, and how you can work them into your design.


Video lesson and printables to help you practice your face drawing skills to use in your art.

In the class

Messy Artist values

Being a Messy Artist means embracing the messy middle, valuing connection, being enthusiastic, and kind.

Visual teaching

Video, text, and image based lessons to give an all-encompassing learning experience.

Expert advice

In Get Messy classes, teachers share secrets, processes, and techniques openly and with a whole bunch of heart.

Actionable exercises

Action steps to help you begin practising what you learn right away. We kinda pride ourselves on how practical our classes are…

Print-ready workbook

A beautiful, printable workbook to accompany you on your creative adventure.

Art tribe

You don’t only get the best teacher, but you get the best classmates. You have access to the course teacher, student support, and inspiration through the Get Messy Forums and the course hashtag.

Student art

Pssst: You could be making art like this…

This class is included in the Get Messy Membership or available for purchase on its own.

As a member of Get Messy, you have access to the class as long as you are a Get Messy member.  If you prefer to have lifetime access, you may purchase this class separately. This means that you will pay a one time fee for access regardless of your status as a member. Lifetime access is not tied to a membership and will give you access for the lifetime of Get Messy. As long as this class is offered, you will have access. 


Included in the Get Messy membership

$39 per month 

Access to the class as long as you are a Get Messy member.

Access to the entire Get Messy library – 20+ classes, 30+ seasons, 1000+ art journaling lessons, 100+ teachers

14 day money back guarantee

One-time Payment

Access only to the class


Lifetime access to the class, regardless of your status as a Get Messy member

14 day money back guarantee

Should I choose the one-time payment or membership option?

You have the option for purchasing this class on its own or as part of the membership. 

The choice depends on how you create.

Membership: the Get Messy membership is here for the creative soul with restless hands and a busy mind (and schedule), ready to cultivate a consistent art habit that allows you to release your truth, emotions and dreams onto the page. For those who prefer to live an all-encompassing creative life with catalysts that spur on the creative habit.

One-time payment: for the creative who loves knuckling down and diving deep into a class. Someone who prefers to focus on one thing and take the time it requires before moving onto the next. The bonus is that you get to keep the class forever and it will wait for you during your busy seasons and be there when you’re ready again. You might also be wanting to test the Get Messy teaching style out a bit and this is a good way to dip your toes in.

What format do I receive the class in?

Upon purchase, you will be redirected to create a login for the private site. You can choose your own username and password. All of your content is accessible to you under one username.

The class will be available through this private site, along with a workbook in PDF format for you to download and print.

Do I have to start on a specific date?

No, this is a self-paced class. You start when you are ready and work according to your own rhythm.

What do I need for this class?

The supplies you will absolutely need for this class are:

  • Art journal
  • White cardstock
  • Your favourite drawing pen
  • Acrylic paint

How long do I have access to this class?

As long as you are a Get Messy member.

Can I contact the teacher if I have questions?

Since this is a self-paced class, we recommend tagging the teacher on Instagram when you share your work or sending her a DM. 

Can I share my work and what I learn in this class?

Yes! Please share your work and your responses to the class on your social media sites of choice. We love Instagram, so share your pages using the course hashtag #gmsketchingfaces and you may see your work shared on the Get Messy account. We also have Galleries with student work within Get Messy for very specific inspiration.