Let's Get Your Creative Juices Flowing!!!
I think we all know how much art can help us to heal. It busy's our hands, quiets our minds, and soothes our hearts. This Coronavirus has the world turned topsy-turvy and now that we are home bound, it is just too easy to feel the stress of the situation.
One thing that has helped me tremendously has been to do what my students do. Turn on my laptop, pull up an online art lesson, and start painting.
My good good friend Lucy Brydon released this free lesson last week and following her soothing Scottish accent and her meditative, peaceful watercolor techniques was just the eliquor my soul was searching for.
Here's a peek into her lesson and into my world.
Are you still afraid or unsure of where to put shading on your drawn or painted faces?
You are SO NOT ALONE!! I hear this all the time from my Awesome Art School students.
And I finally figured out a really fun but also CONCRETE way to not only explain how face shading works, but also how to SHOW you.
Sooooo many people are SCARED of shading, this video was made to HELP YOU!
I know money is tight for so so many these days so along with the video, I'm also giving out a FREE 4 page pdf bundle of Face Drawing Cheatsheets that go along with the video.
Because you are on my newsletter list, I am giving you the link here that will allow you to download all four incredibly helpful resources:
I do need to add though, you're sort of wasting your time printing these out without watching the video today, they really go hand in hand.
So really, to get the full understanding of the sheets, go and watch the video below and THEN go download the pages when you're ready to give it a go!
Omg today is a whopper of a full-length, real time lesson covering sooo many things including: how to shade a face with watercolor markers in your art journal, (which results in an awesome mixed media art journal page!), how to create a mixed media face using the face drawing template we created two videos ago, how to paint with gesso and how to use gelatos, and especially, how to draw with a reference!
I also touch on how to draw eyelashes, how to draw eyes (and for this lesson in particular, how to draw makeup eyes), and then finally, how to add finishing shading effects with colored pencils.
I truly hope you enjoy learning to drawing this art journal tutorial today. I LOVE using my Winsor-Newton watercolor markers for this but if you don't own any, feel free to use any water-soluble ANYTHING that you have lying around. ENJOY!!
Well, I don't know about you all, but since we aren't allowed to go anywhere, let's all stay in together and do some art!!! What do you say?! Just so happens that I have a very special, real time YouTube video for you today that will keep you safe, healthy and having fun!
Today I am teaching you how to draw a face with a template and reference to create art journal variety. Here's the template I made in last week's video...
And if you need a recap and want to actually follow along and draw with me you can! Just check it out right here. If you'd like to download this exact template for you own you, I give you my full permission! You can click here to grab it now!
This face drawing tutorial is in a whole new video series (this is video 2) that will show you, step by step, my best drawing faces tips and techniques, the benefits of drawing from a reference, and goes along with my latest videos teaching you the best art journal techniques for beginners. And yeah, it's free.
Normally this is the kind of lesson that you'd only find me giving within my Fun Fab Drawing Club (and if you're already a member you might be thinking, "well awesome then!! Gotta love those real time vids!!" to which I reply, "you betcha!!!").
Speaking of the Drawing Club really quickly, I only open enrollment 2x year so if you want to be notified of when that opens (psst...Easter), you can click here to add your name to the list! Now back to today's YouTube video...
Overall, these face drawing techniques teach you how to use a reference WITH your template to help you make each face look different. So really, this face drawing tutorial series is great for art journal beginners (who need help drawing and shading faces to begin with) and advanced mixed media artists as well (who may be looking to diversifying their work)!
Here's a sneak peek of the transformation...
Lastly, I go over allllllll the wheres and whys and how to shade a face as well, using my trusty foam head as the perfect model 😂Funny, maybe. Effective teaching tool? Definitely.
Well? What are you waiting for?! Art journal with me!
I'll leave you with one final fun painting image!!! My husband's bday was last weekend and we were inspired to throw a retro party to celebrate!! Cuz, why not?! So I made him this jumbo 4 foot x 3 foot painting just for the party (altho I love it soooo much, I don't see us taking it down anytime soon!). Look at how huge it is!!!
This was probably the most involved, giant project I've done in a LONG time!! But I thoroughly was pleased by the results!!
Continuing with the vintage/retro theme, I made ANOTHER giant painting too!!! I had already trashed my studio so I though, well WHAT THE HECK?! My husband's favorite drink is the "Paper Airplane Martini" so, this was also done is his honor!!! Lucky man, I know, right?!
That's it for this week!!! Have a big retro bash to throw so I'll will see you next week for more face drawing FUN!
My YouTube community has been LOVIN' all the fun and free series lately and I hope you are taking advantage of all this free, content rich, well, content!!
In the winter it was the Mixed Media "Hamburger" Series which, in 9 episodes covered my ENTIRE Mixed Media process I use to create 99% of my mixed media projects!
Have no idea WHAT I'm talking about in regards to Hamburgers and art?! You can get started by watching the first video in the series here!
Then earlier this year I did a 4 part Art Journaling Series and that was soooo fun too!!
While the Mixed Media series armed everyone with the technical art skills that enabled them successfully layers up on layers of supplies, the Art Journaling Series got people over their fear of starting, their fear of the blank page and on to the super-having-fun part!! I've seen soooooo many fun projects come to fruition as a result of that series, I cannot get over it! If you need a kick in the pants because you're too nervous to get started, that series is a must for you too!
Founder of Awesome Art School. Mixed Media Artist. Author of 18 Instructional Art Books!
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