I joined a challenge this past month, using the Sktchy app to draw30 faces in 30 days! Every day I was emailed a prompt and a reference photo to draw. It started out rough, I had to knock the rust off, but got better as I went along.
Why did I do this? In keeping up with technology, I incorporated a pressure-sensitive, drawing tablet into my workflow a few years ago—a Wacom tablet. And I have gotten pretty good at drawing with a plastic stick on a plastic rectangle that translates my movements into pixels on a screen. But I realized that I missed the tactile quality of art materials on paper. And I can always use a refresher on drawing faces.
I believe the more you draw, the better you get, and the more often you draw, the easier it comes!
This first image, below, was my favorite out of the bunch. I had never really drawn with watercolor pencils, so I had no idea how this was going to turn out once I added the water. I was pleasantly surprised!
I tried many different materials. This piece is charcoal.
Using chalk on a regular chalkboard, meant I had to draw the highlights, instead of the shadows for this one. Thinking backward!
Ink is unforgiving. No erasing. The prompt was stippling, so I decided to emulate the stylized portraits done for the Wall Street Journal. Mine is definitely the training wheels version of that, but I had fun exploring new territory.
And this guy is in traditional graphite pencil.
I discovered a few things...I love trying new materials. I actually like drawing hands. I don't particularly like drawing beards. So many beards!
You can view the rest of them on my Instagram account@judithmayercreative.
I plan on doing this challenge again, I got so much out of it. Perhaps doing the whole figure in the next round.
Thanks for looking!