Focusing on Faces Continues

April 30, 2010

more on sketching faces…

100415WomanBrushpen Left: Woman drawn from a 1920's photograph. Pentel Pocket Brush Pen with light washes of gouache. (Journal is 6.5 inches square.)

Remember I mentioned collecting old photographs because the hairstyles interested me? Well the distortion in this drawing is in the woman's face (too wide) not her hairstyle. It was an amazing mass of curliness parted down the middle and twisted into self-supporting "cones." I love it. I wanted to talk to her about it. 

More about faces in the coming days. While I scurry to wrap up International Fake Journal Month short posts will reign.

Grab a friend and have a mini-portrait party. Sit still while your friend sketches you for 10 minutes and then switch. (Any longer than that becomes tedious. If the sketcher uses less time just switch early.)

    • karen
    • April 30, 2010

    I like this portrait. I imagine her dealing her masses of curly hair, probably not many products in the drugstore to help.

  1. Reply

    Karen, I had the same feeling, about no products available. Also it is amazing, in a culture where long hair on women was the norm if this woman had let her hair get long it would have been so voluminous. Her hair and style would have impacted her life and connections. I know it’s obvious to say this because our appearance is the first thing people see and some people never look past that; and to be a person in a outwardly more rigid culture (I say outwardly because I think today’s culture has it’s own traps) and not “fit in” is going to have some ramifications. Well I just think this woman looks so sure in her face. So comfortable. I would have liked to have met her.

    And also I would have liked to have asked her where she got those buttons. Aren’t they FABULOUS!?

  2. My art-nerd comment: What I love about this drawing is how you’ve used value. (Always a challenge for me.)

  3. Reply

    Karen, thank you. What I enjoy playing with when I do brush pen sketches is what to leave out as far as lines which I know I can take care of with paint, and of course trying to get those values right. It doesn’t always work out, and sometimes I have to stop short of where I’d like because anything more would be fussing, but it sure is fun.

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