Collection of Faces Poolside

In crowded situations, my sketching contracts. I do small vignettes, moving mostly my thumb and forefinger, anchoring my wrist in one place. (Normally I my wrist would be in action.) Even with the restricted reach of my pencil I was able to trace some quite different characters.

Face Practice with Mistakes

Since the beginning of the year I’ve been practicing to improve my sketching. Faces have always been difficult for me, so I draw them again and again. Below are some practice sketches, complete with mistakes. The 3/4 profile at the 11 O’Clock position did not work: it turned out to be a combination of a […]

Face Time – Practice

Usually, waiting rooms are filled with people. Today the receptionist was the sole person there and only visible from the neck up thanks to the high counter surrounding her. When I was done, her likeness looked like the ones you see on foreign coins. Unsatisfying. Fortunately, I had another opportunity to sketch. A young man […]

Bold Portraits

I never seem to get it right on the first stroke. That’s why I use pencil and make my initial movements lightly.  I saw some simple line portraits the other day that were bold, direct contours of faces.  I tried that today during my 15 minute sketch time. I wonder if the bold lines in […]

Faces

Todays other watercolor experiment: After my watercolor warmup today, see Scales post, I wanted to do something creative.  I used a stiff-bristle brush to paint a quick, angular, dry brush stroke that I usually use to represent an eyebrow and nose of a face. I used Hooker’s green.  As I had some cobalt blue at […]