I have never drawn faces. At least not since being a kid. A couple of hours after watching Dina's video I found myself staring at my craft sheet wondering how to cope with a throbbing headache that I'd had all day. I thought I might as well try dividing an oval the way she showed... the face wasn't nice, but better than I imagined, so I did another one and fifteen minutes later I had a dozen small ones on the underpaper and two large faces sketched in my art journal. The next day I continued the doodling and found that I liked the eyes to be smaller and further apart and the nose to be almost invisible... so you can probably tell from this picture, which are part of the earlier doodles, which from later on. The absolute first one is the red upside down one in the middle.
I forgot to take a pic of the large ones (they are underneath those papers above :), my first pic has some acrylic paint on for shading. I didn't like the large eyes on my sketch, but I had no idea what she would turn into! I painted with acrylic paints in neutral colours, the main colour is Indian yellow.
In real life the colours are something between the upper one (taken under my lamp) and the lower one (natural light through the window, it's grey and misty outdoors). I can see this is addicting, I would never have believed I could paint a face that I might like to look at later on or not have to be ashamed if someone looks through my art journal! Looking forward to working on my other larger sketch, and I'll have to do a spread with those small ones too!
|The eyes were too large for my taste, and the hair felt impossible...|
|I messed up the eyes while painting, so I covered them completely |
and made new small ones. She is a different person alltogether!
|I can't imagine an art journal page without stamping. I used some |
NBUS (never before used) stamps from Rubber Dance.
|I lay some paper over the face and sprayed with brown and orange.|
|I added hair and coloured the flowers and leaves. I gave the cheeks|
a touch of Interference gold (Golden), and was not able to take
pictures in the previous angle, because it reflected the lamp so much!
|Here you can see the whole page, the gold is reflecting |
only from the butterfly at the left.