Monday 29 February 2016

29 Faces - Day 29

Well, here I find myself, the last day of the 29 faces challenge.  Today I experimented in digital art using a free app called  Harmony - Mr.doob - find it here

This is the result:

29 Faces - Day 29

I also created a collage of some, not all of the faces I've made this month:

There has been alot of Quentin Blake sketches and faces drawn in the style of Quentin Blake, which I have enjoyed creating.  I  have really enjoyed the challenge this year, it has got me drawing/sketching/painting and at times has been quite therapeutic.  It has also supported me in my word/phrase of the year "creative nourishment".  My original word was "harmony" but as I progressed with the challenge, creative nourishment seemed to fit so much better.

Tomorrow I start something new which is being hosted by Tara Leaver called "Express It" month.  Its an idea based on the idea of making art as a direct expression of emotion. It's not limited to painting either, it could be drawings, collage, clay work, music, photography, dance, poetry, sewing.....whatever your creative action of choice. I'm looking foward to it and what emerges from it.

Sunday 28 February 2016

29 Faces - Day 28

Another Quentin Blake sketch, this was lovely to draw and paint in water colour, for a brief moment it brough the warmth of summer into a cold February day! :o)

Says the sign along the quay
They seem to do alright to me

I wonder if their brain freezes
When they swoop for my ice-cream
I know that they get brain freeze
In my silly little dream

It’s a beachside obsession
Especially not that fat one
With my chips in his possession

Poem by humor © Steve Savage 2009

Saturday 27 February 2016

29 Faces - Day 27

Today's face is my daughter's father, he's 50 years old today, so I felt another Quentin Blake face coming on. Apparently I got his eyes right but didn't make his face chubby enough! Although we parted company many years ago, it felt sort of right to mark his special day in some way.

Happy 50th Birthday!

Friday 26 February 2016

29 Faces - Day 26

The light was bad when I took a picture of this sketch, it's Maggie Smith in her role as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham in Downton Abbey.

Thursday 25 February 2016

29 Faces Days 20 - 25

Playing catch up again this week!

I found this image on Pinterest and was struck by the serene face of the woman holding the hare.

Another Matisse inspired face!

Back to the Quentin Blake illustrations, I just love the simplicity and space in these.

Friday 19 February 2016

29 Faces Days 15 - 19

This week's faces:

This was meant to look like Miss O'Brien from Downton Abbey

I picked up my Suzi Blu book for a little inspiration, not sure I really like this face

This is a self-portrait in a Quentin Blake style, the picture I used was taken about 9 years ago!

A Matisse inspired line drawing. I used a picture of Dido as the reference.

I took an old envelope with ink stains on it and tried to replicate a Matisse line drawing, I find it very therapeutic drawing his beautiful lines.

Sunday 14 February 2016

29 Faces Days 11 - 14

Day 11 - Guy Garvey

Day 12 - RIP Mary

Day 13 - Another Matisse

Day 14 - The Valentine Fairy - I made this into a card for my daughter

Saturday 13 February 2016

29 Faces Day 6 - 10

I'm a bit behind with my faces but here are days 6 - 10.

Still continuing with the style of Quentin Blake, I decided to sketch Chris Evans

Day 7

A Matisse sketch with a dash of colour

Inspired by a participant showing her faces in the Facebook Group, I decided to start a new series of faces to include cats

Day 10

Friday 5 February 2016

29 Faces Days 1 - 5

I've been drawing faces as part of the 29 faces in February challenge. I started with a few fun faces by Quentin Blake:

I then decided to see if I could draw Simon Mayo, a Radio 2 presenter of the drive time show, in the style of Quentin Blake, it's not a bad attempt but I couldn't quite fix the hairline on the left hand side of his face
 Day 5 and I came across a lovely picture of a girl with a serene expression and beautiful flowers in her hair and the quote by Matisse seemed very appropriate.
"There are always flowers for those who want to see them"..Henri Matisse