First up the admin...
- In The Style Of - November 2015 (examine our favourite established artists, incorporate what they do through our own face practise)
- Focus On Eyes - January 2016 (break out of our normal practice and try different styles of doing eyes such as traditional, cartoon, manga etc. As suggested by Susana Magenheimer)
- Inspired By - March 2016 (pick fellow Facers to inspire our work this month)
- 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...
Back to some more detailed face work from me this week after my last couple of stylised face doodles shares for Show Your Face. I had a bit of time whilst listening to some business webiners to practice my shading. My main focus was on the negative and positive space and trying to capture that with my pencil work and shading. These are all areas I want to practice more so I'm pleased I spent a little bit of time on it this week. I like how the nose turned out.
If you want to try this it works really well if you use a photo of a face that has a lot of light contrasts in it. Often this needs the model to be lit strongly from one direction. It isn't easy to get photos like this as we often see faces with uniform lighting that is designed to limit shadow contrasts. The best possible way is to use photos you have taken yourself and start collecting a catalogue of face photos that you can use in your art. It also means that you will have no copyright issues as the photos were taken by you.
So when you next take a portrait photo or even if you are taking a family photo, have a think about the lighting and get a couple of shots in, if you can, where there is a really strong light coming from one direction, such as from a window, to cast shadows over part of the subjects' face.
I did kind of enjoy this process, so what about you guys? What have you been up to with your faces this week and do you have any shading tips to share?
Over To You...
Link your faces artwork and spread the word on your blog and/or social media, hashtag #ShowYourFace. Please do let anyone you think would be interested in sharing their portraits know about our community here.
Catch you later Face-Artinators
PS. Some other places you might want to link your work to: PaperArtsy Faces Challenge before 25th Oct to have a chance to win a voucher to spend at PaperArtsy. 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 than Architecture theme link up to Art Journal Journey. Those of you on Facebook ask Darcy Wilkinson if you can join her Face To Face page.