Once upon a time, Effy Wild offered a class called Radiant Faces.
I worked this class in several journals, on separate pieces of paper, various substrates.
I picked up one of those “practice” journals that I used back then and I played on a few pages. Then I went looking for what was in the journal.
I found one sketch that I had done for the first lesson of Radiant Faces…that I disliked so much that I had painted over the sketch. I used yellow paint — not at all a thick coat. The lines underneath showed through the paint and the sketch actually looked so much … better through that paint. I grabbed a pencil and I corrected the lines and the things that had originally bothered me about the sketch.
Then I used colored pencils and a felt tip pen and created this:
A few pages on in the journal, I had repeated the sketch, aiming for loose and free.
This sketch had not been painted over, but I wasn’t happy with her either. Enter the eraser and pencil.
Then, I added a base layer of paint for the skin–which ended up being skin, hair and everything else…then added paint for the hair. I let it dry, as much as I was able…and then used colored pencils to finish her.
I think I am happier with these two versions of that original piece (I can’t remember what now)–than the piece that I called the real deal for the class itself.
Plus, I had fun with the colored pencils and not filling in every single space, every strand of hair.
I think I need more of this in my life.
There is one other sketch in that journal that I mean to paint out–or add color to in some way. I sketched out a male mermaid–with a tree.
This was before LifeBook 2015 and Tam did a lesson on drawing males. I just sort of winger it. He wasn’t bad, but he wasn’t the greatest either. I touched up the sketch a little bit–his hair was killing me…male mermaids only need so much hair compared to the female mermaids. The tree is going to have to take a hike when I show up with paint. But–I do mean to finish him.
Stay tuned. I’ll post him when he is done.