Iconography Online

Drawing Asymmetrical Faces

Course II


Course II: Drawing Asymmetrical Faces

Medieval iconographers have created thousands of icons making most of their faces asymmetrical to provide a stronger feeling of communication with the beholder. This asymmetry can be different: slight and almost unreadable or significant. In this course, we will teach you how to adjust the ideal symmetrical scheme that we studied in the first course to an asymmetrical one. We are going to study different ways of creating asymmetry using medieval models. We will draw frontal adult faces of different types: with covered heads and with different hairstyles, beardless and bearded. The models for this course are the icons and frescoes of Christ, the Mother of God, angels and saints. They are a selection of the main types of faces, used in iconography. We will also examine the difference in drawing adult and child faces.

This course continues to build on the previous course. It is an essential follow up in order to learn proper facial proportions, drawing principles, techniques and approaches in iconography.



For those, who have already studied at our Course I: Drawing a Frontal Face


250 USD for 5 assignments with unlimited drawing corrections + 5 pre-recorded zoom lectures. Payments are non-refundable. Students are accepted on a first come - first served basis.


10 weeks / 5 assignments
September 01 – November 10 2022
Assignments are published every second week on Thursdays: September 1, 15, 29, October 13, and 27. One more extra week is given to finish all the assignments.
Drawings are accepted for corrections no later than November 10, 2022


Each of the 5 assignments includes extended video tutorial(s), reference images, and a pre-recorded lecture. All videos remain available to the students after the end of the Course


Learners are expected to share photographs of their drawings in Google Classroom Stream. Personal feedback from the instructors with their corrections / comments / recommendations is given within 48 hour (weekends excluded). Feedback is guaranteed for the whole period of the course either written in words or/and drawn directly on the emailed image.


Most basic materials: paper, hard and soft pencils, eraser, ruler, and a compass with two needles


We made this program as extensive as possible. Complex tasks are split into manageable parts, making the assignments squeezable between routine work and family duties. We hope it will allow everybody to study at their own pace. Please put about 40- 60 minutes for watching the video tutorials & at least 3 hours for drawing practice per assignment.

Practical Matters

Course II starts the 16th of June and consists of 5 assignments. They are approximately twice more complex than the ones of the Course I. Each of them proposes drawing up to 3 faces of different types. If you are short in time we recommend drawing only the first face properly, - avoid hurrying up. If you have more time, we suggest drawing two or three faces for better practice and understanding. After the last assignment is published on the 11th of August, you will have two more weeks to submit your homework for checking. Drawings are accepted no later than the 25th of August 2022.

You have two weeks to complete each assignment. The assignments are published every second week:

Assignment 1: September 1

Assignment 2: September 15

Assignment 3: September 29

Assignment 4: October 13

Assignment 5: October 27

Teaching this Second Course for the first time in 2020, we organized interactive zoom lectures to enlighten the most essential questions of iconography. All the lectures were recorded and are published together with the assignments.

Access to the Google Classroom and the videos is for the online course participants only and must not be shared with anyone else in any form

Learning Process

Start each assignment by watching a set of videos, taking notes and making sketches. They will help you to memorize all the new information. In order to master new skills and make them become your hands on experience you need a lot of drawing practice.

The homework for each assignment is given at the end of the last video and also in description of each assignment. In the folders for each assignment you will find all the drawings and medieval models. We expect you to do your homework on paper of A4/Letter format and post it in the Google Classroom Stream.

If you are not satisfied with your drawings and have not finished them, share your drawings at least once a week. Constructive feedback will help you to move on. If you are stuck and don’t understand how to proceed, post your drawing(s) with question(s) in the Stream. We are always ready to give a hand.

The advantage of using the Stream is that you see other students' homework and teachers' feedback as well. You can spot a lot of interesting comments and suggestions that help in your work.

We kindly ask you, take a photo of your drawings without distortion. When taking a photo, hold your cell phone or tablet parallel to the drawing. It will help a lot with your homework correction.

We hope that at least for these one or two hours of drawing you will switch off or put your cell phone on “silent mode”. We also recommend asking people around not to disturb you and provide some peace for concentrated work. We insist on this because the learning process is more intense and effective if performed with a complete immersion in the process, thoughtfully and carefully.

If you experience any technical difficulties with Google Classroom, please let us know via email. We will answer you as quickly as we can.


1. Female Faces

  • Female Head Covered with a Veil
  • Asymmetrical Face. Scheme 1
  • How to Draw a Head Covered with a Veil
  • Zoom Lecture 1: Do We Need to Be That Meticulous

    2. Angel Faces

  • Angel Heads
  • Asymmetrical Face. Schemes 2 and 3
  • How to Draw Angel Hair
  • Zoom Lecture 2: Realism as Language for Sacred Images

    3. Child Faces

  • Constructive Differences: Babies Heads VS Adult Heads
  • How to Draw Ears
  • How to Draw Babies’ Hair
  • Zoom Lecture 3: How Far We Can Go

    Saints Faces

  • Drawing Beardless Male Faces
  • How to Draw Curved and Tilted Noses
  • How to Draw Male Hair
  • Basic structure applied on a bearded face with hair.
  • Zoom Lecture 4: Use of Sacred Images in the Eastern Christian church vs Western Christian Church

    5. Jesus Christ’s Face

  • Standard and Specific Face Constructions
  • How to Draw Hair
  • How to Draw Beard
  • Zoom Lecture 5: Role of Volume in Painting

    Ready to Enroll?

    The cost of Online Iconography Drawing Course 2 is 250 USD, it will start on September 1 and end on November 10 (2022). This course is the second of a series, and we only accept those, who have studied at the Course I (Symmetrical Faces) .

    Students are accepted on a first come - first served basis. Making your reigistration payment, please provide a valid email address. It will also be used to send you a personal invitation to Google Classroom and all the further communications.

    Interactive Course for Drawing the Frontal Face Theory and Practice
    The Assignments are emailed on Thursdays at 00:00 AM Moscow time (GMT+3).
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