Way Back When…

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I think one of the first classes that I took was Effy Wild‘s self-paced Moonshine Mother class way back when…

Recently, I revisited that class, intending to work through it again, all the way this time…and I started at the very beginning…with the bootcamp.

One of the things Effy says in her amazing bootcamp is…scan the faces you draw that you really like, you keep faces on hand when you are just drawing for practice and not creating a spread or an actual piece…and I had completely forgotten that, sort of…I have a little plastic storage container (little as in flat–I lay the pieces in flat, unfolded, uncreased) full of faces…practice faces, faces that I started for one reason or another and then stopped, faces I cut out of backgrounds, faces that one child or another had smeared paint on in the wrong places and I loved the faces so much I set them aside until … later…

Well, later came, baby…

I had forgotten how pretty many of those faces are…and I had forgotten how much I loved one face in particular that, I believe, it was my youngest smeared black paint all across the side of her face.

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This is she of the black paint smeared face…I think she was part of a study I did for Tam’s Magical Mythical Makings class…

I have SO many girls in this pose, fuller bodied, just the faces, long long hair, shorter hair…and this one when I drew her was my absolute favorite…and then–black paint from beneath her chin, over her mouth and nose and up into one eye…and the places on her face now that bother me as I look at it here–are on the opposite side of where the black paint lay…go figure…

The other thing I got hit with pretty hard when I started to pull these faces out is–I don’t work like that anymore…I had to ‘fix’ her nose…because the original really simple one I had before drove me bonkers…but everything else I left fairly much as I originally drew it…

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This one comes up between Tam classes and Effy classes…and I am not sure she began with any particular class — other than just as a practice face…and I loved how her top turned out with the layers of paint looking like folds or something in her blouse…

Originally a red-head, giving her raven hair allowed me to completely reshape her facial structure…I fixed her rather too simple nose to my current liking…and I left most of the rest alone…

The corona around both girls actually oil pastels…I was playing to see how they could interact.

Julliette Crane has workshops in both LifeBook 2015 and 21 Secrets Spring 2015. 

Remember all my bird pieces?  Julliette Crane inspired pieces, between both LifeBook and 21 Secrets…and nope, I have not shown all of my birds I have created either…and yep, I am still creating them…albeit a little bit more slowly and less frequently…but they do continue to show up…

Julliette uses oil paint sticks (shiva brand) in her work and the effect is stunning…I do not want to use oil in anything…a personal preference — I deeply love Julliette’s work…but I have been casting about for something a little like the oil paint sticks…and every time I think about it, every time I exert a little bit effort to search online…I am always directed back to … oil pastels…so I was playing…

I will be playing more with this concept in the future as well.

What are you playing with these days?

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