'lil' ~ acrylic paint, fabric, and marks all pencil in old book, 4" x 6"
i started out last week painting acrylic faces, but became so frustrated that i switched to doodling simple girls in pencil.... one day i drew a puffy skirt (like lil's wearing), and then i was off drawing folk art girls inspired by laurie meseroll. i dearly love laurie's paintings...
'belle' ~ acrylic paint, oil pastels, and graphite in old book, 4" x 6"
before that, endless messing... i was unhappy with the right side of belle's face so i covered it up with white paint, which was much better. also i tried *many* variations of lips before finding one she liked!
'madge'~ acrylic paint, oil pastels, and graphite in old book, 4" x 6"
next i painted madge, and she gave me no trouble... as with the other faces, i used my fingers, a palette knife, and scrubber brushes. i really *love* scrubber brushes. thank you lisa for telling me about them!
untitled ~ acrylic paint and graphite in old book, 4" x 6"
this was the last face i painted before i went off on the folk girl track; i got completely stuck on this one; just could not find my way to a happy ending. so, after a ridiculous number of layers i gave up. notice i tried The White Paint On One Side Of The Face Trick to no avail... if she weren't on a fragile old book page i'd scrape a lot of the paint off and see what showed up, but since i can't, i'll leave her as is.
pencil and colored pencil in charvin journal, 5 1/2" x 8"
i distract myself frequently with colored pencil drawings - it's fun, it's easy! some of these drawings were inspired by katherine dunn's book 'creative illustration workshop'. i'm crazy about that book...
pencil and colored pencil on part of page in charvin journal
pencil and colored pencil in charvin journal
me talking to acrylic paint, ha ha...
pencil and colored pencil in moleskine weekly planner
bits from my moleskine weekly planner... since the space for each day is about 3" x 5", i usually draw small so i can fit a bunch in. the girl on the far right is a little over 1" tall; if you're a small face drawer you know that getting the lips right can be challenging. you need a very sharp point on your colored pencil...
tuscan red and poppy red verithin pencils
i now use prismacolor verithin pencils for tiny lips... they're hard and they keep a sharp point for a long time... i *need* deco pink and orange!
'delia' ~ acrylic paint, cloth, oil pastels, and graphite in old book, 4" x 6"
it's been great to draw legs and arms at crazy angles; to lay down the task of learning how to draw figures more realistically. i'm not sure i'll pick it up again...