Day 44/100 Faces – I added color to this one, but the paper didn’t hold up and neither did the supplies I used. I spent several hours trying to recover her, but it didn’t work out so well. Luckily I took a photo of the pencil sketch. I may try this same face again tomorrow to see if I can do better.
Today I learned that it is good to keep going even if I don’t like what I see on the page, and that trusting my instincts and allowing myself to grab supplies intuitively really helps the process. I also learned that sharpies do smudge when gone over with an alcohol marker. Oops!
I was feeling a bit blah today, so I had planned to leave her as a pencil sketch, but I followed a nudge, and traced over the pencil sketch with a sharpie art marker, and then followed another nudge, and colored her in with alcohol markers. Then I did a bit more with colored pencils, and added some highlights with a white gel pen.
Something I’ve learned through this process is that I don’t do well following along with a video as someone draws or trying to draw from a reference photo. I really want to be able to copy what I see while I’m learning, but every time I try, it does not go well for me. I’m a much more intuitive artist, and despite my best intentions to copy what I see, I always end up tuning out the video or reference photo and going off on my own.
So, today I just did my own thing, and here’s what came through. I did a pencil sketch, then went over it with a sharpie art marker, and then used Winsor and Newton skin tone alcohol markers to add color. I’m just learning to use alcohol markers, and so far, I like them.
My intention for the end of these 100 days is to draw faces quickly and easily, applying the right shading intuitively, and to identify all the mediums I love to work with and that work best for me.
I’ve had quite a frustrating time with my creative practice today. I continued with the Lucy Chen’s #KuanYin #EverAfter2018 lesson. I actually got angry with myself as I attempted to sketch the second hand over and over again for several hours and just could not get it right. I decided to just leave it and move on to sketching other aspects of the painting. Though my intention was to start adding color today, I recognized that I needed to walk away and come back to it another day when I’m not feeling so frustrated. I remember Marielle Stolp saying in her style development lessons not to trust what we see. That it is best sometimes to set something aside and come back to it later. When we come back to it later on, we will often have a different perspective.