Art journal · Mixed media

Faces – 2

Continuing with my series of faces / portraits, here’s another one I made a while back –

A whimsical portrait of a girl's face

I still don’t have a style of my own, and it’s fun to create these faces however I want to (or rather, to create them however they end up turning out. πŸ˜‰ ) I don’t create them as much as I’d like to, though, mostly because I forget about this creative outlet, haha…

When I start out with a face, I usually experience the blank page syndrome and never know what to draw, and that’s not fun. πŸ˜› Once I get past that, however, it gets pretty therapeutic–especially the coloring and shading part.

Closeup of a whimsical portrait of a girl's face, showing details of coloring and shading

I made an initial rough drawing with a pencil, then used watercolor pencils with a water brush pen to add color. I followed this with more coloring using oil based pencils for highlights and shadow, and added finishing touches using gel pens, fineliners, and multiliners.

For the background in this page, I used watercolors again, which ended up warping the paper quite a bit. I followed that with stamps and dye inks for some extra pop. I use paper masks to prevent the stamping from getting onto the focal subject, but sometimes it does smudge. I usually ignore it if it happens. πŸ™‚

Check out all faces in this series!


6 thoughts on “Faces – 2

  1. Anita, you have your own style!!! I love these faces, they are so different and so interesting to look at. I love the background and the way you used watercolors.

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  2. Your face is so pretty. She looks like a fashion model. You’re so muli-talented.
    I give you high compliments on your nose. Noses can be quite tricky to get them right.
    Well done, you. πŸ™‚

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