I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again here. I really have trouble drawing and painting faces. The only remedy for that is practice, practice, and more practice. I expect to try several this month.
I used Dawn Sokol’s Day 5 NaNoJouMo prompt which was “Second Hand News” by Fleetwood Mac. I decided to use newsprint in the background over which I wanted use translucent paint that would let the pieces of newsprint show through. I chose two paints (Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold and Green-Gold) because they would give the journal page a warm glow and would look a little rustic. I drew the face with a graphite pencil and then painted it with various shades of craft paint. I stamped the words on the neck with Sepia archival ink and went over them with a Sepia pitt pen. I hand-lettered the group’s name in black gel pen and highlighted it with white gel pen.
I wasn’t looking for photo-realism in the face, which is good since it doesn’t look realistic. I was looking to achieve a face that was serious and thoughtful. I hope I achieved a little of that. I’ll keep practicing and practicing and, with luck, I’ll improve. That’s the name of the learning game!
I hope you did something creative too!