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Mindy Lacefield

Hi! My name is Mindy and I am inspired and paint from the nostalgia of my childhood. Channeling my inner 8 year old. Painting my dreams into reality. I teach. I learn. I play. I make mistakes. I celebrate those mistakes because they become happy, magical moments from the Divine.

Questions? Comments? Email me!

About this course

Painting faces may seem daunting. You may have always wanted to learn or maybe you want to brush up and get back to the basics of structure, shading and building up a beautiful, cute girl. Acrylics are fun because there are no mistakes! You can always paint over and make edits and corrections. If you have never painted faces, this is a great place to begin with my course work. This serves as a foundation for lots of my other face and illustration courses.

My process is 13 years in the making. It has evolved and I have gotten better with each girl. With this class, I am hoping to shorten the learning curve for you. The key is to take these steps slowly and one at a time. Once you've painted several, I would then challenge you to move quicker with your brush work and see what happy accidents happen. But to begin, you'll need a bit more focus and have it broken down for you as to not overwhelm.

I'll gently lead you through step by step with drawing in graphite and then delicate paint layers. You can print out the accompanying 3 page PDF that illustrates each step along the way while watching each video. I've broken it down into manageable sections.

What the class includes:

  • step by step PDF of drawing and painting. 
  • PDF of  drawing of different ages with accompanying video
  • easy to follow step by step videos broken up into 4 parts
  • darker skintone girl
  • 8 total videos
  • 1 zoom live session. we will paint a girl together LIVE! February 21st 2:00 PM 
  • I will monitor and offer feedback through April 30th, 2021. after that time, this will become self work.


How long will I have access to the course? Lifetime access. 

Can I substitute supplies for things I already have? yes indeed! Use similar colors to achieve this cute girl. The most important color will be the quinacridone nickel azo gold from golden.

supply list:

White Gesso - any gesso is fine. it doesn't have to be golden. If you don't have any gesso, then you could also substitute a matte finish white acrylic.

Amsterdam - Pyrroyle red

Amsterdam - Sevres blue - any turquoise or blue will work. craft paint is fine!

Heavy body Titanium white paint - I used Dick Blick here but you could also use any heavy body white

Folkart skintone - available at many craft stores like Joann, Michaels, or Hobby Lobby

Paynes gray or dark brown

stabilo graphite pencil (NOT the black pencil. they are way different.) you could also just use any 2b pencil. This is just a preference. You can get singles at most art stores.

Quinacridone Nickel Azo gold - this is a beautiful, unique color. It is the most important color for my faces so if you want to invest in paint, this should be the first one you get! (especially if you paint faces a lot)

Flat brush - I used the flat that is in this set. Any 1/2" flat synthetic brush will work fine.

detail brush - Princeton select round size 1.

8x8 wood board - you could also use smooth watercolor paper. Something that is pretty thick. Canvas is certainly ok, but it will give you a different texture.