I know I love the look of paintings and drawings where you can see fainted text peeking through. It's the coolest effect ever and it's super easy to do. In less than 10 minutes you can see me do an entire project and explain exactly how it's done!
In my last post I showed a speed demo of myself doing a giant portrait in charcoal. One of my Facebook friends commented that while she thought the video was cool there was no way they'd try it because they couldn't stand the feeling of the charcoal on their fingers. I've heard the same complaints about pastels too! She then asked me if there was any other way to create the same blending effects. The answer is YES! Many! And in the video I show you just how many there are, what the look like, and then I do two demos to show you how to use them as well. Thanks for watching!
Sooo....I'm kind of addicted, what can I say?! This is my 4th large scale charcoal portrait in a week and I'm not sorry! It's such great practice and really forcing me to *see* extra carefully. If you haven't tried one you should! For one thing, the supplies are minimal and CHEAP! All you need is some crappy newsprint and a couple of different charcoal bits (I use willow, compressed and regular) and a black and white photo and BAM, you're in business. You also will need a gum eraser, easy peasy and also cheap. Squinting your eyes occasionally will really help improve your shading skills but most of all HAVE FUN! Enjoy and thanks for watching!
Those of you who know me know that I spend a LOT of time conversing with fellow artsy awesome people on Facebook. A couple weeks ago I noticed the mention of the 100 Days Project circulating around. So I googled it to see what it was all about! You basically pick something you'd like to celebrate the making of (whether it's something you'd like to be better at, or something you simply love doing), post pictures or videos of and use the hashtag #100daysof(insert thing here). You can read more about it here. So I am doing 100 days of charcoal drawings. I shot this yesterday, as my kids were driving me INSANE and it was a good way for me to step aside and take a moment to relax. It took an hour but you can see a sped up version here, at just over 5 minutes! Hope you enjoy watching as much as I enjoyed making it!
So I draw inspiration for my art and journal drawings from all over the place but my bookshelf is STACKED and that's often the first place I go! I couldn't sleep this morning so I grabbed a book and learned a new way to draw a face! If you want to skip the part about how I prep my art journals and get right down to seeing my drawing process, go to minute 7-8 of the video. The first half is shown in real time and shows you a whole new way to draw a face. This is literally my first time with this method! The last half I speed up (we all have things to do) but I caption it loads and please feel free to ask questions below! I'm here for ya :)
I love drawing and painting faces. Fortunately or unfortunately, I am also an art supply junkie. I turned the big fat 40 this year and am pretty fired up about it. Mom to 3 amazing boys and married to an inexplicably tolerant husband.