#4,5 & 6/100 – Artworks

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It’s been a while since I sat down and did any whimsical male face practice for the #100 Artworks challenge. I guess I’ve been experiencing an internal struggle with my own drawing style. I have a clear idea in my head of what I want, I just don’t know how to express it through the motion of my hands and fingers.

I’ve doodled endlessly over the past few months trying to develop a particular style, each and every version I have rejected – crumpling up doodles and sketches and tossing them into the trash.

I know deep down in my heart that I can do this, I refuse to accept the idea that I can’t. Art is about developing a style you’re comfortable with, one that makes you happy and confident enough to say to the world, or at least a loved one “look what I did”.

I’ve gone through many evenings staring at a blank piece of paper, I’ve doodled and twiddled and zentangled to my hearts content, but no faces have emerged that didn’t look like they’d come from the imagination of Steven King. Zombies and monsters I can do, they’re easy. Whimsical male faces…not so easy!

But last night…and here’s the Eureka moment for me…out of the blue, my fingers doodled a face. I sat and stared at it. It was right. It was just what I had been waiting for to flow from my pencil. So I did it again and again and again and guess what…more faces emerged, all different, but all in the same style, the style I really hoped I could do.

So this morning I sat with a watercolour pad and put pencil to paper and drew, then painted 3 faces, one after the other.

Now that wasn’t so hard was it!

#3/100 Artworks – Babyface

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No 3 in my 100 artworks series, this time my aim was to create a chubby faced clown like character. This time instead of using a normal HB pencil to draw my shape and outline I’ve used a light blue pencil so that the lines disappear more easily once painted over.

The thing I’m beginning to realise about my painting ability is that I haven’t got one. I tend to try and colour with paint rather than paint with colour. I suppose it’s years of using alcohol pens like Promarkers and Copics. I have a tendency to try and blend the paints in the same way in which I can for the pens.

It doesn’t work in the same way. Which means I have to try and learn how to paint and blend the acrylic paints more effectively.

More research needed methinks….off to YouTube!

If you want to know more about the #100 Artwork Challenge, you can find all the details about the challenge HERE.

Here’s my video for No3/100.

#2/100 Artworks – Tabby-tha

I think I mentioned in my #1/100 post that I’ve discovered that my fine paint brushes are pretty useless, my big ones are great for slopping huge globs of paint onto my art journal pages and swishing the colour around! My smaller ones are dismal, so I needed to shop….and I have…ta dah!

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I’ve treat myself to a set of Dina Wakley brushes and they’re wonderful! It’s not the full set, they’d run out of the 4th one so, I can wait! I’m really surprised at the price, so reasonable, I was expecting to pay way more than what I did.

Happy days!

So, I had to play, I dusted of my drawing pencil and my Derwent Inktense pencils and pulled out my planning sketch book and started to have a doodle. I must have been subconsciously thinking about the #100 Artworks challenge as before I knew it, out from my scribbles came a face…

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I couldn’t resist but to finish her off…I’m not really fond of cats, I’m a pooch person, but even I was pleased with the way she looked. She looks like one the cast members from a Broadway show!

My #100 challenge aim was to try and create mostly male faces rather than female as there aren’t many examples of whimsical male faces out there. The majority are female…so I wanted to try and push myself into doing male ones, but as with most things, the art takes over and before you know it, Tabby-tha is there staring at me from the page begging to be in colour!

How could I resist!

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The finished size is still within the parameters of the challenge at 5″x 7″, and I’ve used Inktense pencils to watercolour her, so I’m safe to say that she qualifies to be #2/100.

No video today as I hadn’t intended to do as much as I did, only to doodle some ideas…but who am I to stop when I’m on a roll!

Mike

#1/100 Artworks – Naked

IMG_3572Here’s the first of my #100 Artwork attempts. For my first painting, I’ve deliberately kept things simple. I’ve stayed away from hair, hence the naked title! I’ve followed the rules and math of face creation, dividing my face shape up into the correct proportions, then changed and altered them slightly to give my face a more whimsical appearance, but only in subtle ways. I’ve increased the size of his eyes, I’ve also given him pointy pixie, elvish style ears.

I’ve tried to follow conventional rules for shading, keeping my light source to the right of his face. I’ve started easy, for me at least, and not tried to be too over reaching in my ability to create a fully whimsical portrait.

I’ve also limited myself to acrylic paints, mostly Distress Paints, except for the white. As promised I did film the process, but kept it short and speeded up the final version by a factor of 4. keeping it under 11 minutes.

I did learn one important lesson doing this painting…and that’s I need better brushes. A shopping trip is in order!

If you want to know more about the #100 Artwork Challenge, you can find all the details about the challenge HERE.

Here’s my video for No1/100.

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Have a creative day!
Mike

#100 Artworks Challenge – Accepted!

The Internet is a constant source of amazement for me, it connects people in ways that you just can’t imagine. I have conversations with people who live thousands of miles away, who I normally would never have even known the existence of.

I also get to find out about fabulous challenges and ways in which I can grow as a person and as an artist. One of these was brought to my attention by a lovely lady called Catherine Coté (CeeCee for short) who lives in Canada who has a YouTube channel and blog that I subscribe to. Click here to check her out if you haven’t already.

The challenge is to create 100 works of art no larger than 8″x 8″ All with the same theme and using the same mediums. The challenge may take a year, but it will show growth as an artist as you progress through each piece of art. It’s a great way to learn and master a particular technique or medium.

Check out the #100 Artworks blog post (Here) and have a go yourself! Who knows what you can achieve!

I’m going to try and master my painting skills through this challenge and attempt 100 whimsical faces or portraits. I’m aiming for a size of 5″ x 7″ or 6″ x 6″ not sure which yet. I’ll share each one with you and I will hopefully also capture the process on video too.

So, the game’s afoot! Of I go and dust off my watercolours…watch this space!