The awesome free live art classes continue over at Amy's blog. Today's class was taught by the lovely and talented Manon, who did a wonderful job teaching us to draw little faces like hers. I almost didn't go to class. (Did you read my post earlier today about spinning plates and doing too much and feeling overwhelmed? Skipping the class could have been a really smart move in the way of preserving my sanity. I made the equally smart move of telling the family I was not available, shutting the studio door and learning something new in the company of fabulous funny people all over the world)
So the first face I drew was using Copic markers. Until today, I only had 2 of these markers. Orange and Blue. I didn't really see why people love them so much. I didn't plan to buy more. But I've seen what Jane Davenport did with them in the Supplies Me class. And when I saw the "25% off your total purchase" coupon good for today only at the local mega craft store, I invested in a few more in the flesh tone palette. (and Now I get it.)
Anyway - I sketched along with Manon as she taught and as soon as I drew the outline of the head I thought it looked like a piece of toast. I figured that as I went along it would look more human-like and less toast-like. I was wrong. When it was time to add the hair I just decided to embrace the burnt-bread nature of my drawing, so here it is:
The next face was done with pastels. The cheap chalky ones I bought a million years ago and hardly ever touch. It was super messy and dusty. (Perhaps because I was drawing on card-stock which is so super smooth and glossy it doesn't absorb much color?) In spite of this, I managed to blend and shade way better than I ever have before. If you think the paper looks smudgy, you should see my face and pants.
|(I crack myself up)|
I'm SOOOOO glad I took this class.