Art It Friday – Show Your Face

Ahh Friday, you are here again. Which means so is #ShowYourFace. Wahoo! Hope you facers have been busy!

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! 

As is now tradition I will kick off this week’s face sharing with something I tried this week. It’s a quick and fun exercise that you might like to try too. I gave myself the challenge to doodle a selection of faces, the only rule was to make each one different from the ones before.

Doodled faces in my art journal

I took a page in my art journal and used small watercolour washes to section off the page. Then I grabbed some ballpoint pens of all colours and doodled away.

Close up of the doodled faces

It is amazing how it doesn’t take many lines to form a recognisable face does it?

If you fancy having a go at this little challenge to yourself then go ahead and let me know how it goes! I would love to see.

This would make a great warm up exercise don’t you think? I shall definitely being do more of these, I can already see a couple of faces that I might work up into bigger studies for fun.

Right, so…

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!


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. Paint work link it up at Paint Party Friday. For items using something Old, New and Digital then go link it up on the Old, New and Digital Too challenge.

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Kim Dellow

Kim Dellow is an artistโ€“designerโ€“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.

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  1. Julie Ann Lee

    Great idea this week, Kim! I shall definitely have a play with this in the coming week! I love the concept. xx

    1. Kim Dellow

      Thanks Julie, I would love to see your face doodles if you do them! Do let me know ๐Ÿ™‚ Kx

    1. Kim Dellow

      Thanks Valerie, they are super fun to do ๐Ÿ™‚ Kx

  2. Kim Costello

    Love your doodled faces Kim, so very effective and enjoy the free style, a great exercise!!!
    Thanks HuGs Kim x

    1. Kim Dellow

      Thanks Kim, it was a fun exercise ๐Ÿ™‚ Loving your Paperbabe face template and stamps combos, hope they are going like hot cakes ๐Ÿ™‚ Kx

    1. Kim Dellow

      Please do, it will be great to have you along in the share. Thanks for popping in. Kim

  3. Linda Kunsman

    This is a brilliant idea Kim! I'm def. going to do this-and yes, I'll link it up when I do:)

    1. Kim Dellow

      Oh brilliant ๐Ÿ™‚ Can't wait to see ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Kx

  4. Meihsia Liu

    This is such a fun project, Kim. These faces are all so lovely. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Kim Dellow

      Thank you Meihsia ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you like them! Kx

  5. pauline

    love your faces! I especially love the funky colours you played with too. You're so right about it not taking lots of line to recognize a face. i'll be back for a visit. xx

    1. Kim Dellow

      Thanks Pauline! Glad you like it and do pop back, it would be good to see you again! Come and add one of your beautiful faces if you felt like it, I know the share would like them ๐Ÿ™‚ Kx

  6. Beverley Baird

    Love this idea. What a fun way to doodle faces. Will have to try it.

    1. Kim Dellow

      I'm so glad you like it Beverley and do hope you have a go, it is great fun! Kx

  7. Giggles

    Love all your little faces I've done something similar but more cloistered together without watercolour…I'm going to try this one day…Good job…so fun!

    Hugs Giggles

    1. Kim Dellow

      Ooo that sounds interesting, did you blog it? Can I have a peek? Kx

  8. Lucy Edmondson

    This is such a clever exercise! You have really started something with your faces, Kim!

    Lucy x

    1. Kim Dellow

      LOL! I know Lucy, it was a bit of a surprise, I had no idea so many folks would be interested in sharing their face work when I started! But I'm super glad they are ๐Ÿ™‚ Fancy linking something up? You would be more than welcome to join in ๐Ÿ™‚ Kx

  9. denthe

    that really is a great idea! Love how your faces all look so different! I'm definitely going to try this ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Kim Dellow

      Great! Can't wait to see. It was such an interesting and quick exercise, hope you like it!. Kx

  10. A fabulous idea… will give this a try! Thank you Kim.. it looks very good!
    Happy weekend!

    1. Kim Dellow

      Thanks Susi and can not wait to see your doodle faces! Hope you had a good weekend. Loving all your entries so far, I shall be along to your blog later to get a closer look and leave some blog love ๐Ÿ™‚ Kx

  11. Tiffany Hiller

    I love this idea, and the way you used the bright watercolour background. I do like the way you photograph your work, it's always so bright and colour correct, maybe you could explain in a post how you capture your work. Thanks

    1. Kim Dellow

      Hey Tiffany, Glad you like the doodle faces exercise, if you give it a go I hope you have fun doing it and gives us a peek at the result ๐Ÿ™‚

      You know I've been thinking of doing some 'nuts and bolts' blog posts like how I do my photos. So it is nice to hear someone would find them useful!

      I have written a couple of articles about it for Practical Publishing, if you are interested I can hunt out which issues they were, just shout. I do constantly work at getting the photos right as you have probably guessed ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Such a fun idea, Kim, so lovely faces and pretty colours. Nice to see how the mind fills in the lines, brilliant!

    Love and hugs

    1. Kim Dellow

      You are so right Maarit, it is the mind filling in the gaps isn't it? So glad you liked it ๐Ÿ™‚ Kx

  13. Ayala Art

    I don't think I have you in my list in Instagram, I'll have to find you!
    I love your journal page full of colorful faces :oD

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