Saturday, May 28, 2016

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Continuing with 'Drawing the Girls'...  I've been practicing and refining my technique and drew a face I was quite happy with - but then I was afraid to add the hair.  This girl turned out so much more refined and elegant than my previous effort, that I could not picture putting magic marker hair on her.  So back to the drawing board.  Literally.

I tried different makers and different pencils and finally came up with a method for doing the hair with Caran d'Ache Neocolor II watersoluble crayons (love those things).  I first added some outlining with a watercolor pencil in dark brown and then added strips of color with three different shades of the crayons.  Once I had the crayon down I went over it with a damp brush to soften and blend the color.  Wetting the Neocolors really brightens the color and tones down the graininess.  I used a #6 shader working with the chisel side and pulling it across the color in long strokes moving with the direction of the hair.  This time I painted the hair first so that I felt comfortable with how it looked before proceeding with the face.

 Now that I have a method for future use I will have the confidence to put hair on those faces - no matter how pretty they turn out.  :)

Joy and blessings,

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Let's Face It

Well, I went off of the grid again for a bit.  I was busy finishing up some work obligations so that I could retire.  And, yeaaaa, I did it!  On May 12th I turned in my keys and headed out the door.  Some have asked what I will do with my time now.  :)  These are obviously people who don't know me.  I don't even attempt to answer that one since the list would be way too long and might give them serious concerns about my sanity.

Meanwhile, back at the drawing board...  I signed up for another class or two with Martha Lever.  I had been admiring her whimsical girls and decided to take her 'Drawing the Girls' class.  She works mostly with Copic markers.  However, I have never invested in Copics.  I tried one and did not like the way they smell and how heavy they go on and bleed through the paper.  So I did a little experimenting with the multitude of media I already have on hand.  In the end, I used Cretacolor AquaMonolith watersoluble pencils and Caran D'Ache Neocolor II watersoluble wax pastels for the face.  After applying the colors, I blended them with a damp brush.  I'm happy with the way this worked.  For the hair I used various water based markers that I had on hand - Koi, Winsor & Newton and Tim Holtz brands. 

I worked on Strathmore Mixed Media paper.  First I drew a basic face on graph paper and then outlined it with black ink so that I could use this again and again for practicing.  I just place the graph paper template under my mixed media paper and work on top of my light box to trace it.  Then I can sketch different hairstyles and clothing before I proceed with color.

The class is a good value and I think it will be fun to add these girls to my cards and journaling.

Joy and blessings,