Faces, the Human Form & Characters
Art Challenge: Painted
Journal Prompt: How do I face my biggest challenge?
For this week I did not follow the art challenge of using acrylic paints rather I used watercolor sticks. Using watercolor to color/shade a face has been one of my biggest challenges when I started coloring my girls. I have been using my only set of dr. ph hydrus watercolors to practice facial shading especially with my big eyed whimsical girls but I always feels that something is not enough or too muchwas put in. I cannot seem to get the right formula. Well, I think there is no right or wrong formula with what we want to color our faces with, only what we see other people do and think that it might be the right one. Since I am practicing using derwent aquatone watercolor sticks which I would be using for my Color Me Tag joint project, I decided to try it with this week’s face.
I started with a graphite sketch of my peculiar girl on a 10x7in cold pressed watercolor paper and used a black stabilo colored marking pencil and activated it with a water brush.
Then I used my set of 24 aquatone watercolor sticks to color in the facial shading. I opted to use shades of blue and green just because green is my favorite color and blue has a calming effect on me. Together with vermillion red (now my second favorite color :-)), magenta, raw umber and venetian red.
I used 3b and 8b graphite pencils to outline the eyes, nose and mouth and do some shading together with black faber castell pen for the pupils, micron pen for the eyelashes, white signo pen eyes highlights and white acrylic paint for where light enters and is coming from.
So to answer the journal prompt – I think challenges are sent to help me learn, develop and toughen up. It is very easy to quit especially with art challenges we cannot seem to figure out, art techniques we cannot learn, art materials we want but can’t seem to find the budget for it, art works made by people we admire but we can’t possibly see how they do their magic and many other challenges that contribute in our lives. But our journey in life as in our art was never promised to be easy. We have to earn our stars and keep the teaching moments close to our hearts.