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Why I love mixing media...


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As a person who didn't doodle or draw as a child, learning how to draw has been a tad challenging. [Can you believe it's been a year already?] It's hard to be carefree and loose when you have preconceived notions of how things should look, instead of what they really are.


For instance, I was drawing my eye lashes as straight lines instead of curves. Until I flipped a beauty magazine and really studied an ad on mascara. *lightbulb moment*


And my drawings/paintings always start out ugly. Real ugly. *LOL*


Then there is the question of proportions and getting the angles right. Here I know the girl looked a little odd but I wasn't sure how I could "save" this painting.


That's when the coloured pencils and paint markers came into play! As you know, watercolours lose their luminosity if you "overplay" with them. Mixing other media can help correct mistakes/flaws and "rescue" your drawings/paintings. :)


I used my coloured pencils to create shadows for depth and added tendrils to make her eyes and face look more proportional. I used a white paint marker for the pop of reflection in her eyes. She still isn't perfect but a tad more presentable, right? *winks*


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12 comments:

Lisa said...

Oh my, she's stunning!! You have totally mastered drawing faces!! And the eyes - spectacular!! I wish you could teach me..my stick figures have no depth or dimension ;) Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Karon said...

WOW - she is amazing!!! can I say WOW again - WOW!

Lizzy Hill said...

A year! Truly? Man! Time flies.... Looking soooo professional - & your girls have that wistful look. Or maybe that's a reflection of this viewer wishing she could draw like this!!!!!

Tenia Nelson said...

SO SO SO COOL!!!

Suman Pandit said...

she looks gorgeous Yvonne, so much of depth,watercolors are so challenging for me right now,and that too portraits ...yet to even attempt :) you are an inspiration dear friend !!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I think you are rocking all of your drawings!! I still do stick figures!!! LOL!! :) I loveeeeeeeeee this! Her eyes look amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Audrey Pettit said...

Can't believe you've only been drawing for a year! I don't think I could ever draw like you, even with 20 years of practice! Amazing! And so fun to see some of the progress shots!

Cindy deRosier said...

I completely agree! Back in my watercolor days a couple decades ago, I relied on colored pencils to fix a lot of stuff.

Annette Allen said...

wow she came out fabulous.. you really are doing a great job. Thanks for sharing. I love it

Melissa Smith said...

Wow, you are so talented! That must be so gratifying to be able to paint like that! The eyes are incredible! Wonderful job!

Reusing Cards & Quilling said...

A Year ? didn't realize :)You inspired me to start drawing faces ,i started but it took a back seat ,I was always inspiring how you improved your skills in drawing n painting and got more depth in the features.Loved the Girl you painted !

Mitra Pratt said...

thanks for sharing your process...it's really cool how many layers these girls have!

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