Colour Me Positive – Week 34 – My Best

Colour Me Positive, week 34 encouraged us to be our best version. Truthfully I have been contemplating on what to do for this project. I put it off for a few weeks to clear my mind and let inspiration come in.

Since I started sketching faces in 2014, the profile view had always been a big curve ball that turned out to be an eventual enemy. I have ALWAYS delayed anything that will make me do a profile view. I dreaded the learning exercise and will not even entertain the idea. Still I have often looked at photos of this particular view. Had cut out magazine pages and had looked at them for hours and hours not really knowing when will I be brave to jump in and try again.

This past weekend, as the inspiring quote said, “Whatever you are…be a good one.” I took the quote as a sign to make the leap and did this piece slowly, letting my drawing arm and hand tense, letting doubt steal the joy of the moment, letting stress rule and making myself almost quit. I had let myself experience these things to push me to face fear in the eye, to remind myself that I will never learn and be comfortable because I hold on to fear too much, and just because I have my lifetime to learn and practice, it does not warrant me to delay things over and over again. My heart told me to brave up or STOP.

And so I let go of my own fear and let my heart do the work. This piece took me three hours from pencil sketch to colored pencil sketch. Time very well spent learning. Its not perfect BUT its a start. Perfection I have learned, is not achievable. But when one says its perfect then it becomes perfect in that person’s eye. So yes, to me she is perfectly perfect with more room for improvements.

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Colour Me Positive, Week 34

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Wrapped Little Girl : Ada

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 Рbig eyed, long haired with a bit of an attitude (I tried to put in a bit of story behind my little dolls).

Meet Ada.

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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.

Wrapped Little Girl: Anna

I’ve wanted to try sketching my big eyed whimsical girls in one of my passport size midori notebook and last night was it. I tried using my student grade faber castell colored pencils and was amazed at how the colors blended pretty well.

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Anna wanted her pet bird Harry on her hair today and Harry, the ever obedient pet, obliged. He even told her she is ever beautiful especially with the ombre hair.

Since the notebook is small I could only do as much but looking at it now, I think I’d like to fill the whole notebook with these wrapped little girls.