Seems to be a bit of a ‘thing’ with us arty folks….doing challenges. I couldn’t find one that I fancied, so, I invented my own – “Face a Day May”. The object of the game is to show up each day and draw or paint a face, any face at all, any medium, any time span taken to do it and then post it up somewhere on social media. I have been posting each one, the day after it was done, on Facebook.
So, for blogging purposes, I decided to post my pictures in chunks, as they are done. I do not want to post on Facebook, the art forum I belong to and here on my blog….Every Day!!! That would probably kill me!
The point is to get myself to do more art and especially faces, which are one of my favourite themes, and to have fun with it! (and of course, give myself a good regular dose of time in “The Zone”!
As you can see above, I have, so far, managed to do one a day for the 5 days of May that we have had. I am trying to not be too ‘samey’ about it, and try different mediums, different types of faces.
So far I have done two in water-colour – a medium which I mostly only use when I am on vacation. It’s quick and effective and clean up is minimal. I only have a tiny plein aire box with 12 colors and two brushes, one of which is one of those ones that hold their own water in the barrel.
A couple of the faces were more like the type I do in gesture practice, chalk and charcoal on toned pastel paper. One was on a putrid pink paper…..just to use it up!!
Four faces used references from Pixabay, the site I like to go to for copywrite free references. I just go there and punch in a fairly off the cuff, random search word, like “Kids faces”, “Pensive”, “Laughing face”. It’s fun to see what shows up and I have to watch myself not to become too picky when choosing as that wastes my precious art time!
One face I did direct from my imagination – just to see what came out and well, all I can say is that it was, weird, gender neutral, sort of ageless and not very convincingly real….Is this the sum of my memorized technical knowledge I wonder??
Anyway, I’m having FUN with this challenge, so far! It doesn’t feel like a chore, though sometimes I’m not all that willing to show the results to other people! Will I be so happy about this particular challenge by this time next week? Hmm, we shall see! I do really like how productive it makes me feel, too – that aspect is AWESOME!
What challenges have you given yourself lately, and how was it? Did you manage to complete the whole thing? Did you learn and improve from it? Do you think popular challenges are more fun because they are, well, popular? Or are you someone who likes to taylor make your challenges to suit yourself??
As always, your thoughts and comments are most welcome!