Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Seeing Things and Finding Faces - Face No .1

Paper Artsy's current challenge is all about drawing faces.  Leandra has put up a comprehensive post, chock-full of inspiration and links to videos and online classes.  The emphasis is on having a go, and letting go of the idea that your drawing should be perfect.  I can go with that!

So, what to work on?  I have a little notebook/journal that I made last year, and so far the only thing I've done with it is use it to mop up excess Distress Inks.  I thought I'd start in that because, being A6, it's not too intimidating.  I started looking through the pages, and one of the shapes looked like a male profile.  Unfortunately I didn't take a photo before I started scribbling, but if you look at the face, you can see where I followed the profile line of the darker shape.

Here's a look after I started drawing the face but before stamping.  I didn't use pencil, went straight in at the deep end with black 0.3 fineliner pen.  Somehow I find it easier to draw with pen.  Scary, I know!

And a look at the double-page.  I've added a pen in the photo for scale.

One I started looking through the notebook, I kept seeing faces - spooky!  I'll post some more over the next few days.

ETA: I'm also adding this to Kim Dellow's Show Your Face gallery.


  1. That is so clever Shirley. I swear it looks like you drew then added the paint to fit perfectly. How wonderful.

  2. Excellent Shirley. As one that has drawn faces, I can attest it is not as easy as some would have you believe. You did a great job of drawing. Smaller is definitely a bit easier. As for the pen first off, Bravo! Well done.

    HUgs and Blessings

  3. ...I'm speechless! This is incredible. And so are you!

  4. I'm with Geri, Shirley .... incredible ... you are a true artist! Hugs, Anita :)

  5. Oh what a lovely beardy man! the White in his eyes just bring him to life so well!!

  6. Thank you for linking up two posts to Show Your Face, I loved them both, love your backgrounds too and your faces a wonderful. I'm sorry it has taken me a while to get to commenting, I'm just catching up now! Kx

  7. Incredible. Your artwork. And that your clean up blobs take the form of people...