Hi ho friends.
Today’s post features one of my oldest art journal pages from Draw Happy, one of the first online art classes I took with Jane Davenport. Actually, it may have been my first online class. Honestly, I don’t recall – I’ve taken so many classes. This glass is one of my first mixed media portraits as well. I used Prismacolor pencils and alcohol markers. The funny thing is, I really like my early drawings. They have a kind of primitive style that appeals to me. I keep trying to deliberately get this type of look in my work.
I have noticed a few changes to my faces since then: I have lowered the eyes to the middle of the head; the eyes are a bit smaller; and I moved the nose up toward the eyes – closer to where the nose actually falls on the head. I don’t shadow as deeply.
Some of the aspects I’ve kept include: a deep side part in the hair, which is inspired by women’s hairstyle from the 30s and 40s; I’ve kept the nose minimal; the shadows on the face are shallow; one eye is a bit cockeyed; and I don’t use a single light source. In fact, I’m not really interested in the light source.
Which is a bit ironic because I was a theatrical lighting designer, a long time ago. Lack of a focal light source is part of the look of my work. Combined with the direct gaze of the portrait enhances the disturbing aspect of my work. Many of portraits gaze directly at the viewer. A sort of artistic standoff. Who will look away first?
It ain’t gonna be the painting, my friend.
What little things comprise your style? If you haven’t thought about it, take pictures of your work and look over several pieces. The things that unify your work will begin to stand out. When that happens and you see it, you will make your work truly your own. Leave a comment and link to your latest project. I’ve love to see what you’re up to.