Brenda, The Jester
It’s been one happy experimental ride with this girl ever since I started her last Friday night. Some of you may have noticed that I am fond of using circles in many of my journal pages and sketches and naturally it will come out sooner or later. In this sketch, it was sooner. Brenda started out with the circle shape and blossomed from there. Ideas came in and out of mind when I was creating her. How to make her look scary was the main theme.
At a glance, Brenda looked like a mix and match alphabet soup. A headpiece that looked like a jester’s hat with fringes that looked liked it was nailed onto her very rounded face, two eyes that do not belong together (a hollow one with big staples attached to it and the other, a big eye that looked exhausted giving birth to a big fang), a small button nose, and lips that looked liked it had been stretched to accommodate the staples on the side but had escaped a fang somewhere along the stapling process and finally, those facial shading to attain contour to her rounded features which in reality will never give a rounded face form. I am having a good laugh as I am typing this. 😀
Like Irina, The Cyclops , Brenda has issues. She is not really sure who she really is, a jester but no ready jokes and not smiling?, or a vampire with only one fang? Clearly Brenda has personality issues. But today, she chose to be a jester. I wonder why. Maybe its one of those days when one wants to be the joker, the comic, the smart-ass. Maybe that big fang birthed from her right eye will turn into tears from so much laughter and that single smaller fang hanging from her closed poker faced mouth will fall off unexpectedly like milk tooth. Whatever her reasons were, hopefully the role she chose today will help make someone smile however which way she does her magic. ❤
Happy early start of the weekend dear friends!
Seven days ago I had the courage to open my new book, Mixed Media Portraits with Pam Carriker. I got the book at the end of July and it has been sitting on my craft desk the whole time. I do not know what happened as I am not the type not to look into the things I recently got. I always open my goody bag and play, explore and read on but with Pam’s book, I got scared. Maybe because I have been consistently practicing drawing on my own, drawing faces from my imagination and following simple instructions from the many you tube channels I follow. I think misjudged Pam’s book as something very technical. Okay I admit, I got the book because it has tremendous rating at Amazon and when I saw it on the shelf of our local bookstore, I did not pass the opportunity.
My Tuesday afternoon last week was spent with Pam’s book and after just a few pages (1 -23 pages) I got a piece of my old watercolor paper, my pencils and erasers and started drawing on my own incorporating the face mapping lesson. It took me two hours to finish the drawing above but it was all good and I had so much to learn.
If you have been following my face drawing journey, you might say that I have done quite a few of these drawings, yes, I agree. The faces I did before followed a simple facial mapping and turned out well. This time I followed a more detailed frontal facial mapping, including high lights and low lights and it turned out great.
Now the next challenge would be following the same mapping with high lights and low lights using color. Practice is the key and I will do just that but for the meantime, I still have to finish a project that has been waiting for me for almost a year now. Pam’s book will have to take its time sitting on my desk again but it will have its time to be on center stage soon.
I have been drawn to the intricacy of craftsmanship of geisha and kokeshi dolls and dream of having my own in the future. It would be wonderful if I would be able to get myself a geisha samurai doll. A dream come true. For the meantime, I am filling up my passport sized midori md notebook of my own version of kokeshi dolls – big eyed, long haired with a bit of an attitude (I tried to put in a bit of story behind my little dolls).
Hi! I’m Ada. I love clothes with lots of hearts and circles and it was a great surprise that I was gifted with a dress full of hearts and circles. Weeeee! It’s my new favorite dress and I will wear it anytime and anywhere I want to.
It was quiet a challenge sketching in a small substrate but I welcome the change. Also it was fun to put in a story behind each doll. I am still learning how to do facial expressions and dreaming of a story helps a lot.