Someone asked recently about how my faces were coming and I realized I haven’t posted any faces for awhile… so here are some of the recent ones.  These are all quick works from my sketchbook, mainly working on proportions and not worrying too much about finish work.  It is amazing how just the slightest wrong size or placement makes the whole face look “off”!  It is also fun how easily a face can be given a whimsical look just by the size of the eyes, or the emotion can be changed with just a shift of eyebrows.  Faces are so fascinating!

This one with my new art snacks Zig Clean Color brown water soluble pen and Tombow markers… the portrait set is great for skin tones!


And another with just the brown and a gold Pentel water soluble pen My favorite about this face is the doodles in the hair.  Going to have to do more of those!


This one is all doodly and with some fun color…but the ear is in the totally wrong place and ruins the whole face!  I do still like the hair doodles and the pops of color though!


This one is done with one of my favorite face making tools.. the Stabilo pencil.


This one is similar, but with some blue Stabilo pencil mixed in. I dislike this shape of eye, and the eyes seem tooo far apart even for a whimsical face.  The only part of this face I like is the area from the bottom of her nose to the top of her upper lip!  But that is what this is all about, finding the little details that I like and will do again, and what I don’t like and will avoid!


This face is a lift the flap with a sad or upset expression underneath.  The face is painted with my new Watercolor Confections paint set in Decadent Pies, which I think is a great skin tone set.


And there is also a batch of what I call my Jane Davenport faces!  All are done in pen and ink and watercolor, playing with different ways of mixing skin tones by mixing a primary color with it’s compliment (opposite on the color wheel).

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Which face is your favorite?

As you can see, my faces are far from perfect, or even complete!  But the important thing is practice, practice, practice!


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