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My drawing and painting life

Day 15 Practicing face drawing: both quick and slow

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Neocolor II on book page. Quick drawing from imagination.

Getting some books ready for a fun class by Lynn Whipple “Wordplay Painting”.  Carving out spaces with paint or gesso and drawing on top. That was fun.

This is NOT what the class is all about. Of course… It is about playing with words. This face drawing thing is just my personal thing this month. I guess I will find more faces in my books.

Check it out. It is wonderful. Lynn Whipple is wonderful. She is so passionate about words, art and paper, it is contagious. She is funny. Her enthusiasm is contagious too! Anyway – I am a fan. ( And in case you are wondering: I don’t get anything for this ‘promo’ for her class. I don’t have shares in her company or anything.)

The class link can be found on Carla Sonheims site, under Online classes.

And that’s not the only drawing of the day. As I was working with the discarded library book of “The Chosen”, I decided to copy the painting on the cover. I always loved that book. Why I bought it in the library sale, I don’t know. I have a perfect copy in my bookcase. 🙂

Anyway, I started out making a drawing in pencil. Not so fancy, just for fun. It was all-right and I could have left it there. Then I felt the sudden urge to add to it. That’s so weird, I get these urges sometimes. Hard to resist… (Anyone recognize this?) As there were markers lying around, I decided to use them, and it grew from there. Just outlines on the characters didn’t look good. So I decided to do some hatching. Then I decided that I’d go all out, and try hatching in one direction all over. That was a bit scary, as I’d never done a drawing like this. I could have wrecked it. Fortunately I could appease the fearing me, as I remembered one of my teachers saying: “It’s only paper”. Finally I added some Neocolor on top to smoothen the look a bit and blend it all together. By that time I had gotten a really good look at the cover.

(By the way, I had filled a missing part of the image, where the library sticker was on the book. Now I wanted to look at the other copy to see what I missed. Ah, a stack of books!).

sep15_Wordplay Chosen #3 cropdrawing

Copying/reframing cover illustration of ‘The Chosen” , original illustration by Pat Fogarty. Pencil, marker and Neocolor II in sketchbook.

I am also taking inspiration for this sketch and some others from the drawings of Julie Johnson. More about that later.


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