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,