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Drawing Lab | 100 Faces Complete!

The Assignment | Unit 2 Lab 16 | 100 Faces

The task: Draw a series of one hundred faces.

I began this lab in July. Drawing 100 faces doesn’t happen in one week, at least not for me. I’m happy to report it did happen in one month. I needed a little push so I took Carla Sonheim’s Faces 101 summer camp which pushed my face total to 116! Below are a few of my favorites.

Watercolor + Pencil
In college I did a lot of watercolor painting. I’m excited to explore it again.

Marker + Ink Cheater Blinds
Possibly my favorite method. I have an idea for a cool series inspired by this drawing style.

Pastel
So fun and something I’ll do again and again.

Ink + Water Soluble Crayon – Realism
Realism is not my thing.

Color Pencil drawing of someone I know well…
This was a great lesson for me. Carla spoke of “silencing our inner critic”. This is difficult when you know your subject well. After eight attempts I did one I was happy with.

Ink Sketch
From my personal illustrated journal. My biggest roadblock is people. Feeling better about it now.

Charcoal + Conte Crayon – Stylized
I enjoy stylized drawings. I like bold lines and bright colors. I could live without charcoal, though!

All and all this was a great drawing experience. I tried new mediums and styles. Have I found the personal style I’m longing for? Not yet, but I’m much closer.

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Next week: Unit 3 |Lab 19 Picasso Dogs

I hope you’ll grab your color pencils and play along.

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The Drawing Lab is a weekly linkup inspired by Carla Sonheim’s book Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists. Each Thursday, I post drawings from three generations of my family, my mom, myself and my 5 year old daughter.

You are welcome to play along! Share your drawing and a brief recap of your process, positive or negative. Post your work on your blog or on Flickr.

Please remember, this is raw creativity. Our drawings won’t be perfect or gallery ready, instead they will be an organic starting place for the artist inside each of us. For more about this series, check out my kickoff post. Happy drawing! Angie


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  • Lindsey - Congrats on finishing your 100 faces! I think they look really great 🙂 I particularly love the one of “someone you know” and the last stylized set.ReplyCancel

  • Gayleen - Good job on CI’s nose!ReplyCancel

    • Angie - Ha! Thanks G! I feel like I cheated because I chose a subject with such distinguishing features. Oh, well!ReplyCancel

  • Cyn - Congratulations! That’s quite a feat. Love those marker and ink cheater blinds. Can’t wait to see what you have cooking for those.

    And I am so IN for Picasso dogs! Woof.ReplyCancel

  • nicole : three by sea - I love seeing all these faces together! Your ink drawings are my favorite. I should have taken that faces class this summer, because faces/people are definitely my weakness!ReplyCancel

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