Over the weekend I downloaded this video The Whimsical Face by Jane Davenport. I’d seen the video go by on Pinterest about a week ago. I follow this magazine called Cloth Paper Scissors on Pinterest and they had pinned scenes from the video and I thought it just looked really fun. Jane Davenport promised to instruct us on how to draw and paint faces. Yay! Also, I could seriously use some help in that department.
I recommend following Cloth Paper Scissors or just subscribing to their magazine because they have really cool art and craft tutorials and excellent artist interviews too. Also, if you love crafts, but never get around to doing them, they have gorgeous pictures of other people’s work. It’s like you were there doing it yourself, I swear! Not to mention if you go to their website, you can get a bunch of free tutorials and e-books with instructions on all sorts of things, like how to do photo transfers and make art journals. Cool stuff!
Anyway, the video has been really helpful. I have drawn a bunch of faces using Jane Davenport’s instructions. Some have come out pretty good too. I showed one to Tiny-Small and she said, “That not a person, mom, that a gurl.” I showed her another face and she said, “That boootiful and scary.” I think she was spot on with that description because that particular woman-drawing looked like she’d undergone some serious plastic surgery and suffered from cat-like feature distortion.
About half way through it became clear that my people looked less whimsical and more like heroin addicts or, at the very least, manic-depressive teenagers. Well, the stereotype of manic-depressive teenagers. Whatever that means. I am probably just offending people left and right at this point. So, my whimsy wasn’t so whimsy. Instead, my drawings looked very serious which was probably just a reflection of my concentrating so hard to draw noses and eyes and whimsical chins. Faces are hard to draw. At least they are for me. I tend to make the eyes way to big, try not to add a nose at all (and hope nobody notices) and make mouths that look just like the Jokers…from Batman. So, yeah, this video was all sorts of awesome.
Jane Davenport walks you through the facial anatomy and then gives you permission to distort it all on purpose. The best part was learning how to make an easy nose. Since I am not going for photographic realism (I have a camera for that) this kind of drawing was right up my alley. I had a blast making faces. I’ve watched the video twice already. I think it’s appropriate for a beginner. She goes over the materials list at the beginning which is really helpful. I didn’t have all of the materials on hand, but was able to get what I needed at Wal-Mart. She uses professional art supplies, but tells you to go out and buy crayola colored pencils if that’s easier, so I did. They worked fine!
Anyway, I just wanted to share my little art adventure with you. I am working on faces because I want to add more people to my paintings. I also want to paint from my imagination more than I have in the past. Next I will be researching how to paint bodies with better proportion…then hands…then feet. Yikes! Maybe, instead, everyone in my paintings will just be wearing mittens and shoes. That would be so much easier. Winter scenes forever! We’ll see.
*I was not compensated in any way to write this. The artist, Jane Davenport, probably doesn’t even know I exist and neither does Craft Paper Scissors magazine. I just wanted to share my experience with you. I paid the full price to download the video. I get the magazine on my Nook.