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Now for my desk today. I have started a new class..I know I know..how do I keep it all straight?! Well, the class was on SALE from Effy Wild...She was re-releasing it so it was at a lower price then before and I couldn't resist. Also, I love her style! The class is called Radiant Faces and has Effy, as well as 8 other artists, giving a lesson on how to make a face painting.
I have completed my first lesson! Believe me that is something to cheer about...I put it off for over two weeks. The lesson was by Jane Davenport and I was SERIOUSLY intimidated... The painting she did was totally AWESOME...so it took me awhile to even try. The lesson was in depth... it took Jane 5 separate videos and PDF to teach it. So even just watching it took awhile. Then, there is a part two for each lesson where we get to watch Effy actually do the class ...which is really cool. You get to see a 'teacher' not have the same materials, make mistake and correct them, etc.. she cuts nothing out! The lesson was on using a source material as inspiration. Jane chose several Master works by pre-Raphaelite painters with a 'nymph' sort of look. Ethereal... sad looking... long haired women. Realistic oil paintings... these were what we were to use for inspiration. The piece I chose to be inspired by was 'The Martyr of Solway' by John Everett Millais. Here is my version of just the face.
To start out we were to do a pencil sketch that is looking at just the shapes formed in the face. Next a colored pencil sketch on a prepped paper. So these are my sketches.
Then we were to delve into our actual painting. I was so SCARED to try this! I procrastinated like crazy. Then finally I started with a sketch using a prismacolor pencil in burnt sienna.
I can't really give you a step by step on this painting it would be LONG and also I got too wrapped up in it to even stop for many photos. However, here is one somewhere in the middle..about when I said to myself...I need to throw this thing away and forget about it!
But I soldiered on..and finally finished it. I hope you can see where I was trying to go. A pensive and longing look on her face. Please be kind...this was HARD! I am no master that is for sure :)