Before we rush on I would really like you to take a minute to think about what you got out of it 'Show Your Face Inspired By'. If you didn't get a chance to join in then don't worry, think about what you get from looking at other Facers' artwork in general.
What I Got From Show Your Face Inspired By
Here is my share of what I got from it. For me I found that 'Show Your Face Inspired By' really made me think about my process and style through trying to examine and include other people's style and processes into my work. It also gave me an added appreciation of how amazing you all are and how talented you are. You guys ROCK! Seriously!
I also loved watching people join in and connect up to fellow Facers. Ok, I will let you into a little secret I had another reason for insisting that you link up to the fellow Facer you where inspired by other than it is the right thing to do and a nice thing to do too! You may or may not be aware of this but linking to each other blogs is a great way of adding authenticity and visibility to all of our blogs in the eyes of the search engines.
It is more of a blogging technical reason and might not be of interest to some of you but I kind of hope that it helps all our blog without us realising. I'm not saying go mad and fill your blog posts with links out but every now and then it can't hurt now can it and, as I said before, it is both the right thing to do and a nice thing to do, blogging is a community after all!
Facers Needs Your Input!
I would like to run 'Show Your Face Inspired By' again in the next few months, but this is a community group and if you all hated it then I won't run it! Majority rule!
I was also thinking of running other occasional, month long, optional join in, prompts like 'In The Style Of' where we take a month to examine our favourite artists and try and incorporate or examine what they do through our own face practise. Or maybe a month focusing on how to do eyes, or noses or anatomy, or stylised faces. There is a lot we could cover!
The idea is to take us out of our comfort zone, make us re-examine our own work and hopefully push some of our boundaries as this is often when we learn and make the biggest improvements.
I'm assuming that whether you are a newbie (like me) or a hardened portrait professional you probably want to improve your art and be the best that you can be? Right?
So are you up for it? Is it something you would like to engage in? Shall we do it here on Show Your Face?
Let me know. Remember - Majority rule!
Also let me know if you have ideas of what you would like to study for a month with Facers, you can leave a comment, social media me with the #ShowYourFace Hashtag or even email me.
Ok, on with this week's Show Your Face...
- Show Your Face is a community link up for portrait work in any style or medium.
- the aims are to share, learn, practise, inspire, and be inspired.
- to make sure that the face artwork is yours, if you use any stamps or templates to build the face they should be designed by you.
- the link is open from 10 am (BST) every Friday and stays open for a week, so link away.
- finished pieces, works in progress or retro posts (i.e. older works, not from this week) are all welcome.
- to link back to the link blog post here for that week.
- Spread the word on your blog/social media outlets and use the #ShowYourFace hashtag in social media.
Looking For The Blog Button?
If you want to wear the blog button with pride then hop on over to Show Your Face 31st July 2015 to grab it and there are instructions on how to put it on your blog there too.
My Share this week...
My share this week actually carries on from the work that I did in the last Show Your Face. This time it is a study from a tea-room and just of one face. I tried three sketches starting from the top left and working clock wise. The picture at the bottom was the last one and was the one that was nearer to the look of the face and the tilt that I was going for. Took me three attempts but I got there!
Oh and the chewed pencil? That was one of my cats! She seems to have a taste for twigs and the occasional pencil.
Over To You...
Link your faces artwork, leave a comment on what you got from 'Show Your Face Inspired By' and if you would like to do it again.
Ok, so I know that some of you just scrolled down to link your face but please do take the time to read the first part of this blog post, Facers Needs Your Input!
Catch you later Face-Artinators
PS. Some other places you might want to link your work to: Art journal pages link up with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's Art Journal Everyday post. Painted pages share at Paint Party Friday. Art journal page with a window theme link up to Art Journal Journey. Don't forget Ayala Art's Sept 2015 29 Faces.