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Nate Williams Style Self Portrait

This self portrait art lesson for elementary students mixes very simple profile drawings with a bit of creative writing. It’s inspired by an amazing artist and illustrator, Nate Williams.

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Nate Williams Self Portrait

Check out the Kids page on Nate William’s site, it’s too cute! You can inspired for all kinds of fun projects, just by taking note of his original style

The one tip I would emphasize is that the portraits look best when the words F-I-L-L the sections of the drawing. You can use initial caps, all caps, cursive, you name it. Just challenge yourself to get creative in how you fill the space. That’s just one of the features that will make your drawing unique.

Preview of step by step tutorial for Nate Williams Portrait

MATERIALS

DIRECTIONS

Time needed: 35 minutes.

How to Draw a Nate Williams Self Style Portrait

  1. GIRL: Draw a large J shape

  2. Add the hair, could be any length

  3. Draw the lips, nose and shoulders.

  4. Add an eye and lines on the face.

  5. Trace with a marker, write things in
    crayon, making sure the FILL the space.

  6. BOY: Draw a large U shape.

  7. Add a hat on top and shoulders below.

  8. Add nose and lips. Draw an eye and
    lines on the face.

  9. Trace with a marker, write things in
    crayon, making sure the FILL the space.
    Paint over all with watercolor paint.

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Student Inspiration

Cards by Maddic, age 5 and Clark, age 6
Self Portrait with markers, crayons and watercolor, by Kayla, grade 4

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