Art It Friday – Show Your Face

My word! When I started on this little portrait discovery thing I’m on at the moment I did not expect anyone to be really interested. So what a shock when you guys took the time out of your day to link up your wonderful work in my linky in last week’s blog post.

Thank you SO much! I’ve loved seeing all your lovely work it is really, truly inspiring.

But I’ve got to do a shout out for the wonderful Mo from So Much To Learn who really has championed this idea and has been spreading the word far and wide! Thank You Mo! You are a superstar!

So what about it? Shall we make this a thing? 

Link up your face / portrait artwork to inspire and share all the wonderful faces you have been working on. It can be any face from the week just past or the week ahead. Haven’t got a face from this week? No problem! Link up one of your older pieces, that is fine too. The linky will be open from 10am Friday morning until the next Friday so add away through the week.

Show Your Face and shout it out! The more the merrier!

To get the ball rolling again this week I would like to share a couple of portraits from my week. If you follow my Instagram feed then you might have seen this pic:

Self portrait Kim Dellow

I plucked up courage to try a self-portrait with acrylics but I made it super easy on myself and did it from a stylised photo that I had used to make an art journal page almost a year ago.

The second share is my first attempt at painting a face in watercolour.

Painting faces using watercolours

This portrait started as a pencil sketch and then I sketched her out again onto watercolour paper and used Kuretake Gansai Tambi traditional watercolour to colour her.

Finished Watercoloured portrait of a woman

I was aiming for wild hair, but it didn’t turn out quite how I had it in my head! But that is the journey. You live and learn!

You can tell I have been having fun with my portraits this week and I hope you have too.

Go on then – Show Your Face!

Link up below any of your portrait art work in any medium or style and shout it out, if you know anyone who would like to join in share this post and let’s inspire each other!

Don’t forget to visit the other links if you can and share some blog love too.

Can’t wait to see what you have been up to this week.

Catch you later Face-Artinators!


ps. If your art happens to be from an art journal page you have done this week then go link up with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s Art Journal Everyday post too!

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Kim Dellow

Kim Dellow is an artist–designer–film-maker living the creative life in London, UK. She's a freelance creative for the craft industry and others, and she loves to share her art-ventures on her blog.

This Post Has 26 Comments

  1. massofhair

    Ooops i just read your blog post and realised i have not complied with your request for latest faces, i have done a post showing mine from 2013 and 2014. Let me know if you want me to remove it and replace with a more recent face and i will happily oblige.

    Love the colours you used on your face, totally awesome Kim! She definitely has attitude and wild hair, love seeing the brush strokes. Wondered did you use a wet on dry technique or wet on wet, would be interested to know.

    THANK YOU for the mention, i think it is important to show that we are all on our own journey and that we have to start somewhere, that for me is with you and your Friday Community.

    Mo 🙂 xxx

    1. Kim Dellow

      NO NO NO! Mo! don't you DARE take your link off! I absolutely LOVE it! It isn't a requirement really and back-dated art is super fine by me! I shall re-word my write up 🙂

      I just popped through and had a quick look and seriously I do love it, it is a great idea to do a retrospective and I think the faces are far better than you give yourself credit for. I shall pop back later and leave a comment.

      Thanks again for the link and all the support! I'm really looking forward to seeing 2015 next week. Kx

  2. Jeanet Almhøj

    Hair is tricky – especially with water colors I find but I think you did a brilliant job on her and I absolutely adore your acrylic portrait.

    1. Kim Dellow

      Thanks so much for popping over and linking up Jeanet, I am finding hair really hard to get right. You would think it would be easy, at least easier than making sure eyes, mouths and ears are in the right place. Hey Ho! Kx

  3. Kim Costello

    How fun to stumble across your post today, after designing a whole load of face and hair templates, hope you don't mind I've added mine to the creative pool too!
    Hope you are well
    HuGs Kim x

    1. Kim Dellow

      Ahh Kim you are always welcome and your art work is always gorgeous! Thank you for linking up, good luck with your new range! Kx

  4. Dave and Kate

    Love it Kim 😀 Managed to actually add a link too! (although mine is horribly geeky 😉 ) x x x

    1. Kim Dellow

      It is wonderful Kate! I'm totally tickled pink that you have hooked him up. You know we do geek here! Looking forward to seeing him finished. Thanks for the inspiration. Kx

  5. Clare Lloyd

    Watercolour looks great. Back again with another face

    1. Kim Dellow

      Thanks so much Clare for linking up, she is beautiful. Kx

  6. Stephanie

    Love your face Kim! (love the blue too)

  7. Beverley Baird

    So glad I discovered your blog – love your faces and the challenge to participate. I worked on portraits a while back but did not complete the month. You've inspired me to continue working on them.

    1. Kim Dellow

      Brilliant! I'm so glad, thank you for popping over and linking up and I'm looking forward to more! Kx

  8. Michellem

    Thanks so much for your kind comment and the invitation to link to your blog.
    I think a link-up just for faces is a great idea!
    Your blog looks amazing – can't wait to do a bit more digging around!

    1. Kim Dellow

      I'm so glad you like the idea, when I saw all your amazing faces on your blog I was so inspired. Thanks for linking up and I hope you will come back next week and link up another. Thanks Kimx

  9. misteejay

    You really seem to be enjoying this journey Kim – love your two pieces. Different materials do lead to very different results; don't they.
    Toni xx

    1. Kim Dellow

      Hey Up Toni, thank you for popping over and the lovely comment, I'm so glad that you like them. It is fun doing them and using different materials. Have a fun weekend. Kx

  10. Julie Ann Lee

    Fantastic art Kim! I just love the use of colour and how wonderfully experimental they are! They both work brilliantly too. I so wanted to link up yesterday, but some life problems got in the way. Is it OK to link something within the next 6 days? xx

    1. Kim Dellow

      Hey Julie Ann, nice to see you again and of course you can link up over the next 6 days, the link is open until next Friday. You can show us a new one, or link to one from last week or even do a retrospective and link up to an old blog post if you like. Can not wait to see it! Thanks Kimx

  11. Super watercolour Kim, brilliant colouring. The acrylic is very creative and inspiring, love the both. Super idea with a link up, urm, now when thinking about it, mine has a bonfire…I might link an earlier make too 🙂

    Love and hugs

    1. Kim Dellow

      Thanks so much for popping by and linking up Maarit. I love you art, the bonfire is fabulous as is your first portrait. Do come back next week! Kimx

  12. Lindsay Vanhove

    Isn't Kuretake such an awesome watercolor set?! I have it too and LOVE it! You've made a very beautiful portrait with it. 🙂 The first one looks awesome too!

    Thanks for sharing the link-up. It's so nice to meet new artists. 🙂 Following you on Instagram!


    1. Kim Dellow

      It is a gorgeous set isn't it Lindsay? I umm-ed and ah-ed about it for a while but I'm glad I got it in the end. Thanks so much for dropping by and linking up, it is so good to see your lovely work. Have a good week creating! Kimx

  13. Cassie

    Your face is fantastic, and I LOVE her crazy hair! I am terrible at trying to draw a face from an angle, but yours is wonderful. I guess this is why we practice 🙂

    1. Kim Dellow

      hey Cassie, thank you! I love your face, her style is beautiful. Glad you like the hair LOL! It is the colour I would have mine if I could and it is about that wild too 🙂 Thanks so much for coming and linking up. Kimx

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