Art It Friday – Show Your Face With A Surprise From Craftsy

Hey Gorgeous Facers – before you go rushing off to link your face at the bottom of this post, I have a little surprise for you! So read on.

First, let’s get the reason why we are here sorted:

For anyone new here this is a regular place to come and inspire, be inspired, but above all to share our portrait progress week by week. Every Friday at 10 am (BST) a new Show Your Face blog post goes live with the linky to add your blog post or online gallery picture to with any portrait work you have been doing.    

Your face can be drawn, doodled, painted, stitched, be made using any materials and can be any style, all I ask is that it is your artwork. If you use templates, stencils or stamps to build the face anatomy, then they should be ones you have made yourself and not someone else’s.    

Finished pieces, works in progress or retro posts (i.e. older works, not from this week) are all welcome, so come join in and spread the word on your blog/social media outlets. Use hashtag #ShowYourFace if you like!  

OK, that’s done, now for the surprise: I’m an affiliate with Craftsy (and yes, I have some affiliate links in this post but I think you are going to like it!). If you don’t know Craftsy, it is an online learning resource and they are offering you, my facers:

50% off the Simple Techniques for Better Portraits taught by Alisha Dall’Osto.

No code needed just click through using this link or the one above to get this class for £9.50 ($14.99) instead of £19.00 ($29.99). The discount is valid until 6.59 am BST (11.59 pm MT) Friday 26th June 2015.

Cool, right?

If you haven’t got a Craftsy account, it is free to join and there are even some free classes you can try out too.

I’m in the middle of this class myself, which is why I thought you guys might appreciate it. I’ve been really enjoying it, so I hope you do too and find it useful.

A study of facial features in my art journal

That brings me neatly to my Show Your Face share for this week. I’m watching the chapter on Mass, Proportion and Features, which is lesson 2 in the course, and it breaks down the facial features into easy shapes, so that is what I’ve been practising this week.

I think I’m finding the nose the hardest to do, but eyes are fun to do aren’t they? Practise, Practise, Practise!

Which reminds me, did you have fun with my little warm-up exercise from last week? How did you get on with it?

Over To You… Link your faces artwork and spread the word on your blog and/or social media, hashtag #ShowYourFace for those of you that use them.

Catch you later Face-Artinators and hope you enjoy the 50% off the Simple Techniques for Better Portraits. Massive thanks to Craftsy for this fab offer!


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. I do use affiliate links to help me run this blog but only for things I use or think you will love. If you want to know more, please do check my Disclaimer and Disclosure page

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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 22 Comments

  1. Valerie-Jael

    Nice work on the eyes and mouths, practice makes perfect! Valerie

  2. Julie Ann Lee

    What a great surprise! I will definitely give this some thought, as it's a great offer and it's always so good to learn and to practise. I really enjoyed that warm up you suggested btw! xxx

    1. Kim Dellow

      Glad you liked the warm up Julie Ann, hope you had a fun week of creating lovely art 🙂 Kx

  3. Linda Kunsman

    Love seeing your practice sketches Kim, and thanks so much for the generous offer! Not sure I'll take up on it though as I already am in two online classes involving faces and portraits.

    1. Kim Dellow

      Hey Linda, I know what you mean, I'm so tempted by the Radiant faces course but I still haven't taken the plunge. Perhaps next month once I've finished this one 🙂 Hope you had a great week. Kx

  4. June Walker

    I agree noses are difficult…the way they jut out…how do you capture that! I think my nose drawings are improving…with practise.

    1. Kim Dellow

      You are so right June, my noses just seem to big and wonder all over the face at the moment LOL! Hey ho, will get there one day! Kx

  5. Michellem

    LOVE your sketched eyes – they are my weakest part – next to noses and mouths – LOL!! Thanks for the link – gonna have to go check that out!

    1. Kim Dellow

      LOL! I would never have thought it! When I see your lovely faces I can not imagine you having any problems with the features, they are always so gorgeous! Kx

  6. Very inspiring practise sketches, Kim, I agree that noses are the most difficult to draw, sometimes I just don't make them 🙂

    Thank you for the link, I'll check it out.

    Love and hugs

    1. Kim Dellow

      I'm with you Maarit, I keep bottling out with the nose and don't put them in at all! 🙂 Hope you had a fun creative week. Kx

  7. Giggles

    Wonderful practice sketches…haven't tried the exercise from last week yet…but fully intend to… Thanks for hosting this lovely link up!

    Hugs Giggles

    1. Kim Dellow

      My pleasure! I hope you enjoy the exercise when you try it and find it useful 🙂 Hope you have had a lovely creative week. Kx

    1. Kim Dellow

      My pleasure Susi, it give me the opportunity to see your fabulous faces from the week, so thank you for linking them 🙂 Kx

  8. I really like your page of facial feature studies. I love painting faces too, rather they're human or of animal life. Blessings!

    1. Kim Dellow

      Love your faces Arnoldo, thanks so much for linking up this week, hope you will come back again with more! Kx

  9. Danielle M

    Nice to see your practice sketches!

    1. Kim Dellow

      Hey Danielle, thanks! I'm a bit shy linking up my practice messes but, hey, sharing is what it is all about isn't it? 🙂 Hope you have had a fun creative week. Kx

  10. Tracy

    Inspired by your sketches Kim … noses …noses..are what I struggle with lol ! Crazy time here but will be back next week to link up for sure. Have a lovely weekend. Xxxx

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