Friday, February 21, 2020

Working on Beautiful Faces.

To my dearest friends and followers,

I hope this day finds you well. It's been a roller coaster of a week for me, however I don't intent to post about it. Thoughts and prayers are appreciated though. <3

Despite everything going on, I have spent several hours playing with watercolor and trying my hand at different things. Last week I shared that I was just playing with the color and making backgrounds with the intent of creating a cover for my upcoming novel.

This week, my husband and I also made a trip to the art store and picked up several supplies. I'm excited to try them all out!! As shown in the picture, we got watercolor paper, paper tape, an empty pallet that I have added some colors to, a portable cup for water, a water brush pen, a tube to hold paint brushes, and some paint brushes. I wanted to be able to use my watercolor on the go. I'm so used to color pencils and how easy they are to use at home or otherwise, but the watercolor was a bit tricky. That's the main reason for most of the items we got. The Arches watercolor paper is for when I actually create the book cover. For now, I'm still working in a watercolor journal.

I have also started going through the book "Beautiful Faces" by Jane Davenport. I started by practicing a face from her book in one of my journals. I have since drawn two faces with graphite sticks and color pencil on top of watercolor. They're definitely more "finished" than the practice drawing I did first. I think they're turning out pretty well. They're not what I want, but they're getting there.

In the end, I want my own work to be heavily influenced/inspired by Jane Davenport and Toni Burt, yet I still want it to reflect my own style. The drawings I did this week were poor attempts to make exact copies of Jane's style though.

I'm really enjoying this study of her work. I'm loving the watercolor and the faces are coming along. It's a very different style from what I typically do, but it also holds something whimsical about it, which is very much in my realm. The wide set eyes and small, but long noses really stand out to me in her work. They're not natural at all, but they're so eye-catching for all the right reasons.

I'll keep you posted with what I'm learning and what I'll be working on next. Thank you so much for reading!!

Yours truly,

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