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Art It Friday – Show Your Face

Yay Facers! Welcome to this week’s portrait community share Art It Friday – Show Your Face. I’m super excited to see your portrait work this week.

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 or works in progress are all welcome so come join in and spread the word on your blog/ social media outlets.



Right, shall I kick off this week’s Show Your Face share? (By the way there are affiliated links in this blog post, read more about them in my Disclaimers and Disclosures).

Shading practice for face drawing

Ok this really is a practice piece that I’m sharing today and if it puts you in mind of the work of Pam Carriker there might be a reason for that!

Picture of Pam Carriker's Mixed Media Portraits book

With my new found face-drawing obsession I felt I needed a bit of guidance so I bought Pam Carriker’s Mixed Media Portraits book*
and I followed one of the tutorials which lead to this somewhat skewed version of a Pam Carriker head.

Close up of head sketch

Obviously it is nowhere near as good as one of her works, however, doing it did teach me a lot. I think the book will help my shading practice, which is one of my weak points, so it was a useful exercise. But I can’t help feeling a bit weirded out by the fact it feels more like someone else’s style than my own, not that I know what my style is yet but I’m working on it. But we all have to start somewhere don’t we?

Have you got a book or a other work that you have used to help your portrait art? Do share!

Over To You…

You know what you need to do! Link your faces artwork and spread the word on your blog and/or social media.

Catch you later Face-Artinators!
Kim

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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Art It Friday – Show Your Face

Yay Facers! It is good to see you for this week’s portrait community share Art It Friday – Show Your Face.

If you haven’t had a chance then go check out the amazing works from last week, some great inspiration if you haven’t done your face for this week yet.

I was worried I wouldn’t have a face to show this week, as I’ve been super busy with deadlines, but I made it by the skin of my teeth!

So I mentioned on Monday that I was trying to sort out my workspace, right? Get rid of all those bits of paper that I just can not throw out? Well this art journal page is another step in that direction.

Art Journal portrait with Stabilo and water

I’ve used up some leftover bits of digital papers that I had designed for some magazine work. After sticking the papers to my art journal I then added a layer of gesso. She was sketched out roughly with pencil then the details painted with a black Stabilo All surface pencil and a waterbrush.

So she has something old, she herself is new and she has digital too so I’m linking her to the Old, New and Digital Too challenge as well as the link up’s mentioned in the ps. below.

So that is my share for this week,

Over To You…

You know what you need to do! Link your faces artwork and share the word on your blog and/or social media

Looking forward to seeing your portrait work.

Catch you later Face-Artinators!
Kim

ps. If your art happens to be from an art journal page then go link up with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s Art Journal Everyday post. Or if it involves paint then link it up at Paint Party Friday.




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Art It Friday – Show Your Face

Welcome Facers, are you ready to show your portrait work this week? I certainly hope so! We got an amazing range of faces last week do go take a look if you haven’t had a chance yet.

If you are new here I’ve gone a bit face art-crazy recently and am running a community share all about faces! The idea is to inspire, be inspired and to share our portrait progress week by week.

So if you have drawn, doodled, painted, sewn a face or done any portrait work at all then link it up below. It can be any style and use any materials but it needs to be your own work and not using stamps or stencils to make the face, unless you designed those stamps and stencils yourself that is!

You can link up old work too, that is no problem so just go ahead and link up then spread the word and we will see if we can get everyone making faces (pun intended!).

Ok that is enough of that, let me share with you my face this week.

Doodles of two faces

This week I went back to pencil and practised some whimsical faces. Just a bit of doodling.

Portrait practise from the Other Anne Boleyn Girl

Then the doodling got a bit more serious as I tried to practise shading whilst watching the BBC production of the Other Anne Boleyn girl. It is supposed to be Jodhi May, luckily I wasn’t practising getting likeness!

More face doodling

Then back to some random face doodling and shading practise.

That was my week of portrait work, well when I say week I really mean Wednesday!

Over To You…

Remember to link up below and any shares on social media or on your blog would be much appreciated. Inspire, be inspired and share the word!

Looking forward to seeing your portrait work.

Catch you later Face-Artinators!
Kim

ps. If your art happens to be from an art journal page then go link up with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s Art Journal Everyday post. Or if it involves paint then link it up at Paint Party Friday. For any work using old, new and digital aspects why not check out Mo’s new challenge blog Old, New and Digital too?

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Art It Friday – Show Your Face

Welcome to Art It Friday – Show Your Face! Thanks so much for joining in last week and if you haven’t had a chance go check out last week’s shared faces.

Are you ready for your weekly portrait share?

Good! Let’s get sharing!

I’ve not had a lot of chance to do much portrait work this week but I did manage to have a bit of play with this portrait made on an art journal page.

An Art journal portrait in Gesso and DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics

She is based on last week’s blue watercolour face but this time I used a combination of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic paints and Gesso applied with a palette knife to make this painting.

An Art journal portrait in Gesso and DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics full face

Ooo what fun! So I ‘drew’ out the face roughly in Gesso then before it had dried added colour by adding more gesso but this time tinted with the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics.

I liked the texture and there was something very organic about making the face with a palette knife.

An Art journal portrait in Gesso and DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics close up

The art journal page already had some gesso texture and the green colouring, which I’m guessing was acrylic paint but I had made the background such a long time ago that I don’t remember exactly what I used. But I love the way you can just see that layer peeking through the face.

How about you? What faces have you been drawing or painting this week? 

Do share in the linky below. As before the face can be in any style and any medium as long as it is drawn, doodled, scribbled or painted and not done using a commercially bought stencil or stamp – well unless you designed that stencil or stamp that is!

Can’t wait to see your faces and don’t forget to shout it out, link to this post, share this post, let’s build our face community.

Catch you later Face-Artinators!

Kim

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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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!

Kim

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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Art It Friday – Bitten By The Portrait Bug

I’ve been well and truly bitten by the painting faces bug! It surprises me as I never thought I would be drawn (no pun intended) to portraiture as I’ve pretty much avoided it up to now, even though it is a massive trend in the mixed media world as you know. I’ve never been good with faces and have appalling face blindness that has lead to some squirmingly embarrassing moments I can tell you! But all of a sudden portraiture fascinates me.

Last week I shared with you my first attempt at painting a face and boosted by the fact that it didn’t turn out nearly half as bad as I thought it would I gave it another go and I’ld like to share the results with you today.

The first portrait to share is another go at realistic faces.

A male face done in acrylic paints

I didn’t start with a drawing this time, I just painted. I got a little lost around the eyes and nose but overall I’m happy with the attempt. He was painted with Liquitex Basics Acrylic Paints using Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Titanium White and Dioxazine Purple.

The next attempt was a go at a whimsical face.

Art Journal page with a whimsical face

I was aiming for a sad face with a bit of cute character but I don’t think I quite got it. So more work needed here too!

So they are my arty shares for the week.

Now over to you!
Do you fancy joining in on this portraiture journey? I’ve got a linky below so link up your face paintings, drawings etc.

It can be any type of face, realistic, stylised, whimisical and you can use any materials you like, pencil, paint, pastels etc., just as long as it is your own work, i.e not a commercially available stencil or stamp.

Don’t forget to link directly to the blog post or picture in your gallery!

What do you reckon? Are you up to for it? I do hopes so! Let’s have some face fun! Meet you here next Friday for some more.

Catch you later Face-Artinators!

Kim

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