Let's Get Your Creative Juices Flowing!!!
Hi there, creative soul! I'm mixed media artist and author Karen Campbell, and I'm thrilled to dive into the world of drawing with you today. What's on the agenda? We're going to create something truly special - easy, fun, and absolutely fabulous! We're going to draw the cover girl from Volume #1 of my How to Draw Fun Fab Faces drawing book trilogy!
If you're ready for an artistic adventure, grab the closest pencil and any old piece of paper, and let's get started.
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In my How to Draw Fun Fab Faces drawing book series, we're going back to the very beginning today – pages six and seven of Volume 1, to be precise. Our first step is simple but crucial: drawing an oval. If you've never tried it before, don't worry! Take your time, create lots of ovals, and let the motion become second nature. Soon enough, you'll have a standout oval that will form the foundation for your fun fab face.
Before I unveil the how-to magic of my fun fab face, here's a little bonus for you... a FREE Face Drawing Guidelines cheatsheet !
Yes, you heard it right. All the guidelines we've been following in this tutorial are neatly compiled into a handy PDF. Simply click the button below and I'll send the PDF straight to your inbox!
Don't stress about perfection with your drawing! I know this is easier said than done, but each face is a new opportunity to express your creativity. It's part of the magic!! Seriously, don't stress. My finished drawing didn't end up looking EXACTLY like the book cover, but she's super close and kinda like the cute little sister of my book cover, and I LOVE her!!
I can't wait to see YOUR VERSION of today's lesson!
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Just before I hit the record button for today's video, I received a brand new set of Tombow grayscale markers! Now, if you've been following me for a while, you know I'm used to working with Tombows that are water-based markers, but these ones are alcohol-based, so I'm SUPER EXCITED to try them out.
If you're curious about how these markers will bring my Fun Fab Face to life, jump over to my mixed media channel for the continuation of this project to see how I shade her and if this new-to-me Tombow set is worth it!
And always remember, the joy of drawing is even better when shared.
If you enjoyed this tutorial, give it a thumbs up, and most importantly, share it with a friend. Let's spread the joy of drawing and inspire others to kickstart their creative journey.
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I love this pic! It's me, goofing around with two of my AMAZING artsy friends at our last Scotland Castle Art Retreat! LOL!
Until next time, happy drawing, and I'll catch you in the next video!
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Hey art friend!! I've got the most hilarious drink and draw planned for you with my hubby Sean on this Sunday, 1/14 @ 2pm EST.
Yup, Sean's totally on board, and more than a little terrified!
First, we'll show you how to make our fave winter cocktail (which involves a blowtorch!).
Then I'm gonna sit Sean down in my studio and teach him how to draw his VERY FIRST whimsical face in Steampunk style!
Speaking of style- we will BOTH be in full costume. I can barely wait!!
Ok...the ONE THING that really bugs me about oil pastels is their jagged edges. They remind me of crayons and how I created art when I was 5 years old looked!! LOL.
Last week I tested out three colored pencil brands to see which one worked best to add a little more depth on top of my oil pastel layers, and to see if any of them helped to define the ragedy edges that are driving me nuts!
Today, I'm testing linseed oil to see if that will work. Join me in the studio to find out!!
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The reason I even have linseed oil is because I recently took an oil painting class to experiment with this medium. Below is an oil painting portrait from one of our classes with a live model...
If you're playing along with me at home in this oil pastels series on YouTube, and you're new to linseed oil - make sure you're using paint brushes for oil painting with it - not your acrylic or watercolor brushes, because none of these brushes can be used interchangeably across these three mediums.
And just a precaution- there is a warning on the product that if rags or paper towels etc. are disposed of improperly with linseed oil on them, these items can spontaneously catch FIRE. I know!! More than a little scary to think about, and a HUGE reason to always read your product labels -especially if there are warnings!
For today's experiment, I dipped my oil painting brush into some refined linseed oil and simply dragged it along one of my ragged oil pastel edges in the hair strands of the oil pastel face on canvas from week #3. This is SERIOUSLY magical. The linseed oil completely melts the rough edges that have been driving me bonkers! This is exactly what I wanted!!
Here's a Before & After pic so you can TOTALLY see the difference!
As you'll see in today's video - it's super important to wipe your brush off onto a paper towel periodically while you're smoothing jaggedy lines with linseed oil.
This is important because you don't want to cross-contaminate colors in your oil pastel layers, or to add these colors to your linseed oil bottle.
I'm LOVING how both of my oil pastel projects are looking just from smoothing a few of the rough edges in each!! This is exactly what I needed!
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Karen, you are absolutely fabulous! You make me feel like I can draw anything. I have recently retired and finally have the time to do some of the art that I have loved since I was in school. I am really at the beginning of my art journey and I hope to learn as much as I can. Thank you for all you do.