Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Faces 3-9

I'm playing a wee bit of catch-up with the 29 faces challenge. I'm up to date as far as the drawing of the faces is concerned, but I feel that posting more than 5 or 6 at a time will end up sort of cluttered. For this challenge, I'm working both in my small format mixed media sketchbook and my Moleskine and trying out different techniques and styles instead of sticking solely with what I know. I'm very pleased with some of these and others could definitely use a bit of improvement!

But that's the point of a challenge, right? To try out new things and get some practice in. So, without further ado, here are faces 3 - 9:

Black and Blue ballpoint pen, nothing fancy, in the Moleskine.

This is the Hubster watching TV. He kept moving and fidgeting and I haven't had practice drawing from life and not my head in years so it's not completely spot on in the look-a-like department but it's close! This one is done in plain old mechanical pencil on mixed media paper.

This one is oil pastel on mixed media paper. I put the light source beneath her to practice my shading a little bit, as shown by the sun shine in the lower corner. Shadows could be deeper, but I'm happy with her!

These two were drawn while listening to Marilyn Manson, in ballpoint pen in the moleskine. They have the lyrics to Coma Black and Coma White written in behind them.

Queen Danni the birthday girl! This one I drew on my birthday and is, once again, a picture I drew of myself with no looking. This one is a lot closer than the pen sketch I posted for face number 2. Again, oil pastel (a favorite of mine) on mixed media paper.

Thanks for following along as I undertake this challenge! As always, comments are appreciated.


  1. Very nice. How do you like your Moleskin journal and how does it hold up to the media you use? I can't get another journal until I fill up what I've got. But I think I will try using a ballpoint too. I like pulling out all my supplies as well. I think this challenge will keep me going with paining. Have a happy day!

    1. Hi Wendy!

      I really like the moleskine for its portability and that it's a relatively well priced hard cover sketchbook. I've used a number of different mediums and have found that most things bleed right through the page because they are relatively thin, so I either stick with ballpoint pen or pencils. If I want to use something heavier like paint, markers, etc, I'll either lightly gesso the page or put a piece of cardboard behind it so the medium doesn't bleed through several pages.

      Hope that helps! Thank you for visiting me. :)

  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! (Mine's tomorrow ;) Hope yours was a great one.
    AND I love catching up with your faces! They are vibrant and detailed and I love the bold color in your self portrait. It's so pretty - I also LOVE the girl on the left journal page with the necklace - she is so pretty and I love the movement. You amaze me with your ability to just use pen! xo

  3. All of those are fabulous, but your ball point pen ones just amaze me... I am super loving on the Marilyn Manson ladies... ^-^


  4. Hello! Wonderful to see the variety of faces here! Gosh, I love this challenge!

    I'll be back and see you at the Facebook group!


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