Show Your Face

Ready, Set, Face! Yep, it is that time again, lovely facers, to come and link up your portrait work this week. I’m looking forward to seeing all of your shares so share away!

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)

Feel free to let me know if you have any more themes or ideas for Show Your Face.

Don’t forget:

  • 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.

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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 10 Comments

  1. Julie Ann Lee

    Fabulous shading, Kim! I agree with you – the nose turned out brilliantly, but the eye is fantastic too! This is a sketch to be proud of. I've just started compiling a collection of images of my family and it is really a useful resource. Thank you so much for all your work on 'Show Your Face'. xx

  2. froebelsternchen Susi

    Wow fabulous shading Kim- for me shading with the pencil is too boring… I don't like it very much although I know that it is so good to get practise…
    Thank you for hosting this nice event again and a happy weekend to you!

  3. Suz

    I am working on this very same thing. Just concentrating on dark and light as much as I can. You have to look at it in a whole new way. This is wonderful!

  4. Mona Pendleton

    Thanks for the wonderful inspiration and for hosting a fun place to share 🙂

  5. John Simlett

    You're right, without shadow we are limited, although when drawing I often feel the best bits are those pieces of paper I didn't draw on 🙂 typically the two spots of light in the eye which bring your excellent drawing to life.

  6. Giggles

    Kim your face is so impressive! Wow she is gorgeous!! Thanks for hosting and inspiring!!

    Hugs Giggles

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