Today’s face is called “Everyone is Beautiful”. As you can see, I wrote those words in her hair.
When I started to sketch her, I decided to grab my camera and photograph some of my steps. I have some friends who are beginning their face painting and sketching journey, encouraged by 29 Faces. I thought it might help to see someone else go through the stages of a creating a face.
I started with a circle/oval and then divided the face up and placed my eyes, nose and mouth.
As you can see, I divide the face in half vertically, then half way down, I position the eyes with 2 circles and a line for a top lid, then half way down again I draw a circle with 2 dots for the nose and then half way down again I draw a line for the middle of the mouth with a wide M above it for the top lip and a semi circle for the bottom lip.
Then I define things a little more. I added ears (the bottom of the lobe lines up with the nose), shaped the temples, defined nostrils and added a little bit of a chin.
I added hair and eyebrows and worked on the eyes.
I added color with Neocolor II watersoluble crayons and acrylics.
I used ink to redefine the details and added a bit of shading. I wasn’t loving her too much here. The eyes are too green. I tried bringing in a bit more blue for balance. I also lost the shape of the temple and the ear here, which I had liked before… It stays lost, but that’s all part of learning. I’ll worry about ears and temples another day.
Adding blush and more shading. I like using a lavender color for shadows. Her nose needs fixing along with the white areas on the face near her hair which should be darker.
I fixed her nose, added my song lyric “everyone is beautiful in their own way” and used some white acrylic for highlights. I added some sketchy scribbles and cross hatching. I still have to fix the shading on her face.
And she’s finished. I used pencil crayons to shade the hair, add blue to the eyelids, and to fix the areas on the face that needed fixing.
On to the next face!