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Making Faces with Lynn Whipple

June2_MF L3_wip

Face in mixed media, Work in progress

I’m enjoying the Making Faces class taught by Lynn Whipple so much. We’ve started with some basics, some simple drawings and where we find the shadows on the face.

May30_Making faces _L1_shades on face

Don’t you just love how much just a few shadows imply?

Most of all, we’re playing with materials and playing with the face a lot. We’ve done some drawings just feeling the face and not looking at the page (hence the warped drawing below). I’m also sharing some of the drawings after photo references, mixing them up and playing with color and marks.


Let me share a bit about Lynn’s teaching style. I know Lynn Whipple is always so supportive, will give everyone encouragement and inspiration. What’s more, she will go at the subject of a class in a way that makes it incredibly fun, no matter what it is. Before you know it you make a lot of crazy, juicy and colorful pages. You no longer think about them being ‘good’ or ‘correct’. Instead you look for interesting, playful, inspiring and wow. As daunting as the face as a drawing and painting subject may be sometimes, in this course you’ll find that you can just play. Play with them, enjoy them and in the process uncover new things about the face and your own art making. And the art making of the other participants. Some amazing art is being shared in the class Facebook group!

After being playful for a few days, I made the face I shared at the top. Suddenly it felt precious. I’m getting somewhere. I know it’s not ready yet. But what next? Scary! I didn’t want to blow it. So I’ve made a scan and I will be experimenting on prints of it to see how to move ahead.

More results soon.

Lynn Whipple’s class “Making Faces” is hosted by Carla Sonheim, Carla Sonheim Presents under her Online Classes.

JUNE = FACE MAKING MONTH I challenged myself to draw and paint a lot of faces this month and be creative (almost) every day. I will share two or three times a week on the blog this month. So stay tuned for more!


4 comments on “Making Faces with Lynn Whipple

  1. Karen
    June 4, 2017

    I’ve always loved the look of drawings one does without looking at the paper. I find them very freeing to do,too. I tell myself that my drawings can’t get any worse then those.LOL

    • corinnebekker
      June 4, 2017

      So true, it’s very freeing. It’s a great way to get over the fear of getting started.

  2. Sheila Marie Delgado
    June 4, 2017

    Really fantastic work here. The second one, just shadows… really evokes powerful emotion. Lot’s of fun you are having!

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