How to Draw the Face of Jesus

How to Draw the Face of Jesus

Author: Alison Hazel   –   Published: February 2024

Reference and Acknowledgement

Today I’m going to show you how I draw the face of Jesus as an icon. This is not my original idea as I am following along and referencing the work of Mikhail Fadi at UK Coptic Icons and you can see more of Mikhail’s work on his YouTube channel.


Watch >>> UK Coptic Items Video

Getting Started

I plan to create more Christian art. It doesn’t have to be super religious, but calm and simple art that reflects what I believe. I’ve been trying more Christian art pieces recently.


St Chad’s

You can look at the watercolor I did of the church in which I was christened. This is trip down memory lane as clearly, I can’t remember the auspicious day.

The place is a dim memory now, but still I enjoyed researching the church’s history as I tried to make a watercolor artwork.

Watercolor is a medium that I do like, but I have not yet mastered. Maybe I never will and I certainly won’t get better if I don’t do more watercolor.


Read more >>> Ink and Wash: St. Chads Church


St Andrew’s

Then I did a pen and ink sketch of the church closest to my home here in Vancouver.

St Andrew’s is on an extremely busy street in the heart of downtown Vancouver. I think it is on the highest point in the city. This makes sense as the early church builders want the churches to be visible for miles around. When churches are prominent on the horizon parishioners can see them and are moved to attend worship each Sunday.


Read more >>> Pen and Ink: St Andrew’s Church


Religious Sculpture Pencils Sketches

I’ve also been trying to sketch some religious sculpture such as la Pieta by Michelangelo. Which depicts Mary holding her dead son after they took him down from the cross. This is a sketch I did in graphite. I feel it requires some more darker shadows and I may do that to bring more depth.


Recent Project: Drawing the Face of Christ

Now I’ve turned my attention to religious icons and how they are styled. First up is my drawing of the face of Jesus. The layout is quite specific.

Paper Size

Here in Canada my paper size is letter which is 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches, but you can use A4 as well.

Art Supplies

To create this exact sketch, you will need a 2H pencil, a compass, a ruler and an eraser.


Read more >>> My Art Supplies


Guidelines: Crosshair

I use a 2H pencil for all my guidelines. Find the center of the page by lightly drawing a diagonal line from each corner.

Draw a vertical line at the center. We will call this line A-B. Measure down from the top 110mm. Draw a horizontal line and we will call this line C-D. This creates a crosshair in the center of the face.

We will create marks at specific points along these two guidelines A-B and C-D.


Christ’s Halo


Typically, His face is two thirds the width of the halo. Draw a circle with a radius of 80mm for the outside of the halo.


For the face, draw a circle with a 50mm radius.

Where the face intersects the line C-D, mark the points as E and F and the center cross as H.



On the lines E-G and G-F inside the face circle, divide both sides into three equal parts as follows:

  • On the line E-G, divide into 3 and mark H and I.
  • On the line J-K, divide into 3 and mark J and K.



The irises are at the two points of I and J.

The irises are the colored parts of the eye. The irises diameter is 14mm diameter or roughly the distance between the chin and the nose (see later). Draw a circle for each iris at positions I and J.



The pupils are 5mm diameter or about one third the diameter of the iris. Draw the pupils in the center of the iris.



Right Eyelid

Divide line H-I and mark with L. Divide line I-G and mark with M. For the right eyelid lower line, draw a soft curve from position L to position M and line up with the top of the pupil. For the top eyelid line draw a light curve from L just on the top of the iris to point M.

Left Eyelid

Divide line G-J and mark with N. Divide line J-K and mark with O. For the left eyelid lower line draw a soft curve from point N to O and align with the top of the pupil. For the top eyelid line draw a light curve from N to just on the top of the iris to point O.



Eyebrow Guidelines

Place a P at the intersection of line A-G and the halo circle. Divide the vertical line G-P into 4 equal parts and mark with S, R and T. 


  • Draw a light guideline horizontally at position T. 
  • Draw a light guideline vertically at positions H, M, N and K. Where M and T intersect mark as U. Where N and T intersect mark as V.

Eyebrows Curve

The eyebrows curve from the above the eye, across the top of the eye and gently tail off slightly longer than the outside edge. The eyebrows begin directly above the inner eye position.


  • Draw a curved line parallel the eyelid reaching the top curve at U and outwards to slightly past the outer eyelid (between H and L).
  • Draw a curved line up to V outwards to slightly past the outer eyelid (between K and F). Slightly thicken the eyebrow where it is above the pupil and tail off at the sides.


Nose Guidelines

The nose is usually long and thin and in the center of the face. Starting from the inner eye position midway between M and G mark as W. From midway between positions G and N mark as W.


Nose Lines

  • Draw two vertical lines down from W and X to as far as U horizontal. 
  • Softly add a soft curve as the point of the nose below.
  • Lightly add two nostril curves on each side of the nose. 
  • You may wish to emphasize one side of the nose with a darker line for shadow (see later).


Mouth Guidelines

At position V draw a light horizontal line. The mouth width lines up to just past the nostril curves.

Mouth Lines

The mouth is typically closed. The upper lip is thinner but wider than the lower lip. 

  • Gently add a generous rosebud curve to the bottom lip.
  • Add the top lip peaking up twice for a natural look.

Do not to add a too small mouth as it can look pinched. Work on the mouth as this feature can give expression to the face. Ideally you want a generous expression.


Cheeks and Jaw


  • Draw a curved line from each side of the face to the chin.

Avoid a too sharp chin as this makes the image look pinched. Make sure both sides are the same evenly.



Ears Position

Where vertical H and F intersect horizontal U is the ear position X and Z.

Ear Shapes

Only the earlobes show in this image and not the full ear.

  • Draw in a fishhook shaped earlobe on each side of the face.

The earlobes are nestled just below the hairline.


Neck and Shoulders

Christ’s Age

Depending on the age of Christ that you are drawing, the neck starts in different places. In general, younger men (and women) have thinner necks. Mature men have thicker necks. 

Young Christ

For a younger Christ (and female Saints and Mary), draw a line down (from vertical L and O) in a slight curve from the edge of the face to the shoulders.

Mature Christ

For a mature Christ (and mature male Saints) start the neck at the full side of the face circle.


Sketch the shoulders in a gentle curve across the page. Again, a younger Christ (and female Saints and Mary) will have longer necks and slightly thinner shoulders. Whereas a mature Christ has a thicker neck and broader shoulders.



Hair Guidelines

At position R draw a horizontal guideline. The hair is drawn in three separate folds which gently curve in an “S” shape.


First Lock of Hair

  • From position S, draw a soft curve to position E on the right of the face and to F on the left of the face (see diagram). 
  • Draw in more hair strands by following the original outside curves so each hair locks has parallel lines within it.


Second Lock of Hair

At the point where horizontal R intersects the first lock begin the second lock of hair. 

  • Draw a curve from under the first lock and gently curve in an “S” shape to the outside.


Third Lock of Hair

  • Draw the third lock of hair from under the second lock starting at the earlobe and curve it outwards gently to cascade on the shoulders.


Halo Design

Only Jesus has a cross in his halo. This is so you can pick him out in a scene. People without halos are not Christ. You can draw a second halo line just inside the original sketch to add emphasis to the halo. In religious icons the halos are always gold.


Halo Cross

Only draw the halo cross in images of Jesus.

  • Line up with the horizontal crosshair and draw a line about 20mm above and 20mm below.
  • Draw the vertical lines 20mm to the right and left of the vertical crosshair.

You can gently curve or taper the halo cross towards the outside halo circle for artistic effect.



Jesus Garments

Jesus’ clothes are usually blue with a red sash and gold trim. The three primary colors red, blue and yellow (gold) and are often all you need for an icon image. Of course, you can choose other colors to match the situation within the image.

Mary’s Robes

For example, Mary is always in blue robes and often baby Jesus is in white wraps. The trick is to avoid being too busy with your color palette.

Other Color Options

If you have a particular theme or place where this icon image will be displayed you can choose colours to suit. You may have a church with special color theme inside and you may wish to make the artwork feel a part of the whole.

Or perhaps you plan to hang the picture on a wall in a room with a color theme. You could change the robe colors to align with the decor. This will create a cohesive feeling for the space.



Traditional and Plain

The backgrounds of icons should always be plain. You can choose a color that complements the robes of the icon. The backdrops must be simple and not detract from the glory of Jesus, angel, saint or religious figure in the portrait.

Backgrounds to Avoid

Avoid busy backgrounds with:

  • Patterns
  • Wallpaper
  • Animals
  • Furniture
  • Landscapes


Keep the background as plain and simple as possible.


Your Art Style

Your image of Jesus will be slightly different to mine. This is a natural expression of each of us and our own art. You are not trying to reproduce the exact same image every time. You can add some nuance to your artwork.

If you do this project with your children, they too will have different results on the look and shape of Christ’s face and this is okay. Everyone draws art in their own style, through their own hand and with their own brain. Individual artistic expression and interpretation is the beauty of each original drawing.

Darken Outlines

Continue slowly darkening the main lines to make the image just how you want it. You may carefully erase the pencil guidelines if you want to pen and ink the final image as I did.


I have a digital image of Christ.

I have one with colored pencils to show you. The last one is the very first attempt I had of drawing the face of Christ. You can see the evolution of my style and skill with this drawing.


Where to Position Your Face of Jesus

In Your Home

Your face of Jesus artwork needs to be the focus wherever it is located. Place your icon either in a corner, in a shrine or hang it on wall where there are no distractions.

People who visit your home and see this art will want to take a moment to pause and appreciate the piece. Individuals will need room to sit, kneel, stand or pray. Give your artwork some space to be enjoyed. Let this art piece breathe.

Where Not to Place Your Face of Jesus Image

This art needs respect which is found by carefully choosing a place for it to live. Do not hang your face of Jesus in a complex wall gallery of other images from your vacation, your kids and your cat. Avoid unsuitable places like hot kitchens and wet bathrooms.

The Face of Jesus in Your Sketchbook

If you have this drawing of Christ in your sketchbook, place a sheet of tissue paper over the face to protect it. It is usual to have many practice drawings before you get the best one and these sketches may be in your sketchbook. Due to the importance of Jesus always slip in some tissue paper to protect the image and give respect.


Free Template

When I first followed along witrh the video I found that this was not an easy design to start with. I personally had many attempts at drawing the face of Jesus. To help you out, I have created a template with all the lines and shapes you need to draw the face of Christ.

This design can be used as a guide and you can pen over and color in to your heart’s content. I suggest you follow your intuition when working with this template.


Final Image

Here is my final image. An icon of Christ colored in shades that I like with red and blue robes. I do like the cross in the halo. I will probably repeat this drawing in my sketchbook. It is one that needs time to be perfect. And it is what I want, a perfect drawing of Christ’s face. Let me know how you get on drawing the face of Jesus.



Older Christ

This is the saem drawing but with a moustache and beard. I also added some crow’s feet and brow furrows to add age.

Alison Hazel

Author Bio: Alison Hazel

Alison Hazel is a hobby artist and she shares her ongoing journey about becoming an artist later in life. She creates simple art that anyone can make. She hopes to inspire you to reach your creative potential in the area that suits you.

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The Creation: 7-Day Challenge

The Creation: 7-Day Challenge

Author: Alison Hazel   –   Published:  January 2024


I’m trying to do more Christian artwork on this channel. It occured to me just to go back to basics, so I thought I could just do some simple artworks that depict the Creation in Genesis for the very first week.

7-Day Challenge.

I am a fan of art challenges. Some art challenges are harder than others because there’s just so much you have to do. I have a few challenges on this site.

When I started looking into the Creation Seven Day Art Challenge. I thought this is a good idea, I can do a 7-Day Art Challenge and it’s not going to kill me. It’s a way of continuing working with daily art practice. I created these seven simple, extremely simple images for the Creation.


Read more >>> Seasonal Art Challenge


Day 1

Light and day and night.


Day 2

The vault of the sky.


Day 3

Sea and land.

Vegetation plants, trees, fruit and seeds.


Day 4

The Sun to light the day and the Moon and stars to light the night.


Day 5

Birds to fly in the sky. Sea creatures to team in the oceans.


Day 6

Land animals, livestock and wild animals. Mankind, male and female to rule the animals and the food and seeds of the green plants and the seas.


Day 7

The Holy day of rest. The sun is shining and all is good. Everything is there. Everything is poised for greatness and to continue to flourish.


Final Thoughts

These few drawings have to be the simplest depiction of the Creation with flat color and limited palette. The idea is that if you reduce your art down to the most minimal strokes, it can still denote what it is supposed to represent.


I think this type of work can be the origin for symbolism where one stroke can symbolize a nation, group, or movement.


Alison Hazel

Author Bio: Alison Hazel

Alison Hazel is a hobby artist and she shares her ongoing journey about becoming an artist later in life. She creates simple art that anyone can make. She hopes to inspire you to reach your creative potential in the area that suits you.

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Acrylic Overpainting: Ikea Artwork

Acrylic Overpainting: Ikea Artwork

Author: Alison Hazel   –   Published: January 2024


Last month I decided to paint over, or overpaint, a large Ikea artwork I had in my living room. Over painting is a technique used by many of the great artists when supplies were short and canvasses hard to come by. It is an age-old tradition and I decided to use it on this artwork.

Original Image

The original image was a photograph of a London bus in a bustling street. It was in black and white except the bus which was a bright red and stands as an icon for London, England. We’d had this piece for over seven years, and I had become a little tired of it, so I wanted to make a change.

Rather than giving it away I thought that as it was such a large canvas, I could do something with it art wise in my quest to be a better artist.


Read more >>> Alison’s Art Journey



Acrylic Overpainting Video

If you want you can watch the video I made for YouTube about this exact process. 


Creating an acrylic overpainting of an Ikea artwork, or any other artwork, can be a delightful and creative process. As a hobby artist with a liking for mindfulness, my approach to this project is that I wanted it to be both relaxing and fulfilling.

Remember, your hobby art is a sanctuary for your thoughts and creativity. Enjoy the process, be kind to yourself, and let your upbeat and creative energy flow onto the canvas.


Material Preparation

I gathered my meagre acrylic paints, brushes, palette and any other materials I might need. I made sure that my workspace was organized and free of distractions to maintain a mindful and focused environment.

I was going to do this work on my dining room table. This is a very old table made from 100year old floorboards. We originally got it so that the kids could work at it and if they made a dent or drew on the top, it didn’t matter. It is a working table and I’ve now commandeered it as my creator studio table.


Acrylic Paint

I began by trying to cover the very black and darker parts of the image. I used both white and yellow acrylic paints whcih were left over from my kid’s school art classes.

Next, I bought some dollar store white and red to continue to cover the darkness in the painting. This took several coats and I left each one to dry overnight.

Then I bought some better acrylic paints and a few colors. Additionally, I purchased a half-liter bottle of white which finally managed to cover the canvas.



During this process I’d been watching the YouTuber Betty Franks and watching how she was working with acrylics.

If you recall this was my fifth every acrylic painting and I was not sure what I was doing.

Betty worked he canvasses by adding colors in blobs and circles. Her palette was bright much like mine, so I thought I’d do what she was doing.

I began adding blobs of yellow, blue and green. I added ciclles and groups of bigger blobs and shapes. This I did for several days allowing the paint to dry each night.

Then I realized that because she was drawing flowers that was why she did blobs and circles. This was a revelation.

By this time, I had a highly colored very busy canvas that was almost humming.

I took the art from the table and propped it up against my wall in the living room and lived with it for a few days.

This was a very distracting piece and there was no where for the eye to rest.



I though then that I’d like to have a seascape as that would be restful and easy on the eye. This painting hangs in a place and dominates the room. I wanted something that I could live with and that would not be intrusive.

I live at the coast and I decided to try to create the visual from English Bay which is the closest beach to me.


Completed Layer

The seascape is what I did in the end. I partitioned the whole canvas into three horizontal bands thus:


The top horizontal band is the sky.


The middle horizontal is the sea.


The bottom horizontal band is the beach.

I then brought in colours more related to these three areas. Whites and light blue for the skies. For the sea I tended to go for more a green/blue because really that is the colour what the water looks like.

For the beach I used a variety of colours in yellows, oranges and reds with a lot more dots and speckles to kind of represent the sand and the roughness on the beach. I finished up with some seaweed on either side, just to give a visual focus towards the center of the painting and draw the eye towards the white on the horizon.


How Long it Took

This final painting took about six days of daily paint and then let it dry overnight then painting again the next morning. But in the end, I was quite happy with what I created.

I added some finer details with Posca paint pens. I signed it in the bottom right with my gold pen that I love.

A few days later when it was dry, I removed all the masking tape and hung it back on the wall. This is an incredibly heavy painting for one person to wrangle, but I did. Phew…


Final Thoughts on Overpainting

When I started this project, I didn’t really know where it was going to end up. I just knew that I couldn’t live with the grey photograph anymore.

This painting has gone through several iterations of colours and shapes. Until finally I found my groove. In a way as I created the two smaller paintings that are almost, miniatures, if you will, of the actual big painting.

I’m beginning to think that perhaps acrylic seascapes might be my thing. This is the first painting I’ve done which is acrylic and abstract and a seascape. I’m bringing these three components together might be a way forward for me.

Previously I’ve dabbled in watercolors and coloured inks, which I still love, but I found a lot of satisfaction working with these acrylic paints. I think I’ll explore more of this medium more in the future.

Now I’ve just got to find a name for the piece. Any ideas?

Art Supplies

You can find links to the art supplies I used on this page.

Alison Hazel

Author Bio: Alison Hazel

Alison Hazel is a hobby artist and she shares her ongoing journey about becoming an artist later in life. She creates simple art that anyone can make. She hopes to inspire you to reach your creative potential in the area that suits you.

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Meditative Art Coloring Book: Neurographic Inspired for Self-care

Meditative Art Coloring Book: Neurographic Inspired for Self-care

Meditative Art Coloring Book (Blue)

I am delighted to announce that I have published a meditative art coloring book with 52 original artworks crafted by myself.

I have enjoyed creating each artwork for you and this has been a labor of love.

This is now available at Amazon on this link.


“The Meditative Art Colouring Book: Neurographic Art Inspired for Self-care” represents the initial release in a series of adult coloring books created by artist Alison Hazel.

It’s important to note that this particular book is designed in a captivating shade of blue, and there are plans for additional editions in various colors to be introduced in the near future.



These artworks are carefully designed to support your mental well-being and personal self-care journey.

As a part of your self-care routine, consider selecting one image per week.

By incorporating these pages into your artistic activities alongside other projects, they can be valuable tools for exploring and refining your preferred color palettes.



Delve into the images within this book for inspiration that ignites your unique artistic expression.

These pages can serve as springboards, propelling your imagination towards new and exciting ideas in your personal creative journey.



Within the pages of this book, you will discover a collection of 52 unique artworks skillfully crafted by Alison Hazel.

This equates to one stunning piece of art for every week of the year.

Each of these beautiful creations is presented on the right-hand page, and on the following page, you’ll find a smaller version of the artwork where you can personalize it by adding your signature and the date of your artistic endeavor.

This thoughtful touch allows you to make each piece your own as you embark on your creative journey.



You have the option to carefully detach each page from the book and frame it, creating a wonderful opportunity to adorn your walls with your favorite artworks.



For educators, whether you’re working with children or adults, you have the flexibility to separate the pages of this book.

You can distribute one page to each child in your class or provide one image to each person in your adult teaching sessions.

This approach enables everyone to engage with the artwork individually, making it a versatile resource for both teaching and learning.

How To Use This Book


Color the images in the order that speaks to your preference.

It’s worth noting that certain images are more intricate, so they may require additional time and attention to complete.


Neurographic Principles

Several of these images incorporate principles of neurographic art such as:

  • The neurographic line
  • Circles
  • Connectors
  • Lines extending from one edge to another.

In fact, a chosen set of these images symbolize the synapses that form when you forge new pathways in your brain through creative expression. 


Color Palettes

Before you start your coloring journey, take a moment to contemplate your color palettes.

You might consider employing a restricted palette as a creative challenge.

For instance, you could opt to color one page using only three colors like red, blue, and yellow.

Alternatively, you could immerse an image entirely in shades of green.

Give yourself the freedom to delve into the rich and vibrant realm of colors, allowing your artistic exploration to flourish.


Hobby Artist

For those pursuing art as a hobby, these pages can serve as a valuable resource.

You can incorporate them into your creative repertoire, using each artwork as a warm-up exercise to flex your artistic skills before you plunge into your main projects.



These coloring pages are designed to be enjoyable and engaging.

While they were initially crafted with adults in mind, they can certainly be appreciated by children too.

Feel free to involve your kids in these pages, offering them a chance to join in the creative fun.


Layout Painting

Once you’ve discovered an artwork which truly speaks to you and have colored it to your liking, consider using it as a foundation, a kind of preliminary sketch, for a larger painting you wish to craft independently.

You have the freedom to choose your preferred medium, whether it’s colored pencils, markers, watercolors, or acrylics.

The choice is entirely yours, allowing you to explore your creativity in the way that resonates most with you.


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Alison Hazel

Author Bio

Alison Hazel is a mature woman who shares her ongoing journey about becoming an artist later in life. She creates simple art that anyone can make. She hopes to inspire you to reach your creative potential in the area that suits you.

Go here to read more about Alison’s story.

If you want to send Alison a quick message go here.

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Sketchbook Flip Through

Sketchbook Flip Through

Sketchbook Flip Through

Abstract Sketchbook

Welcome to the vibrant realm of my latest abstract sketchbook, where colors and shapes intertwine in a dance of imagination.

In this flip through, we will embark on a journey through abstract art, a world where the ordinary transforms into the extraordinary, and where emotions find expression in every stroke.

Join me as I flip through my latest abstract sketchbook.

I say abstract as that is what most images are, however the one with the sentient cats is the favourite of my readers.

It is the landscape sketchbook from Leuchtturm which I love.


I put together this sketchbook during the past few months while enjoying some TV time.

Most of the time I enjoy having multiple sketchbooks in progress, each with its own unique size and feel.


The majority of the pages are crafted using colored markers, while some are done with a simple black pen.

I’ve also included a few neurographic-inspired images in the mix.


My sketchbook is a canvas of emotions, a sanctuary where I let my creativity run free.

Each page is a playground of colors and lines, a testament to the power of abstract art to communicate without words.

As we flip through these pages, you’ll witness the evolution of ideas, the exploration of forms, and the celebration of spontaneity.


Abstract art is a symphony of shapes and hues that resonates with the heart.

It’s a language of its own, inviting you to interpret and connect with the art on a personal level.

The beauty of abstract art lies in its ability to evoke emotions that transcend the boundaries of language, and in this sketchbook, you’ll find a gallery of emotions waiting to be discovered.


There’s a certain magic in watching colors blend and shapes emerge.

From bold splashes to delicate lines, every element contributes to the visual melody that unfolds before us.

As you journey through this sketchbook, I encourage you to let your imagination roam freely, to find your own stories within the swirls and patterns.


This sketchbook is more than just a collection of drawings; it’s a glimpse into the emotions and thoughts that have flowed from my mind onto paper.

It’s a visual diary of moments captured through colors and shapes, a testament to the power of creativity to transcend words and touch the soul.


So, as we embark on this journey through abstract art, let’s embrace the simplicity and complexity that each page holds.

Let’s revel in the joy of colors, the freedom of forms, and the emotions that weave themselves into every line.

Together, we’ll turn these pages and uncover the stories that await, celebrating the beauty of abstract art in all its wondrous forms.

Alison Hazel

Author Bio

Alison Hazel is a mature woman who shares her ongoing journey about becoming an artist later in life. She creates simple art that anyone can make. She hopes to inspire you to reach your creative potential in the area that suits you.

Go here to read more about Alison’s story.

If you want to send Alison a quick message go here.

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