Friendly Faces Day 30

Today’s prompt is sleepy eyes. I felt like going rogue today and not use a reference for my character. I just plopped gouache on the paper and started making a head shape and I sketched features with pencil. Slowly a winter elf emerged. I added the snowflakes at the end. I was thinking of the peace and stillness I felt when there was a gentle snowfall and just standing there, taking it in. You could hear the flakes hitting leaves and autumn debris. A lot of times, major snowstorms would start quietly, with just gentle flakes. Snow didn’t come in like a thunderstorm. Many times snowflakes came in slowly, subtly and then they brought friends; more snow and wind.

So this elf is standing outside, taking in the peace of the quietly falling snow.

Friendly Faces Day 29

Today’s prompt is “tall” so it seemed appropriate to use the giraffe reference photos that I took last week at the Brevard Zoo.

The cool thing about this Zoo is that you can feed the giraffes.

Friendly Faces Day 25

I like that this daily challenge is forcing me to find shortcuts and it’s fun for me to play with the prompts to stretch or exaggerate a feature. Or to head in a completely different direction like using a plant for heart.

Today’s prompt is “rock star.“ This sketch, painted with gouache, has not been digitally touched up.

Friendly Faces Day 20

Today’s prompt is uni-brow. I took a little artistic license with this one…

This is gouache on stonehenge paper in my handmade sketchbook.

Reference photo submitted by Hugo Pinto on Sktchy.

Friendly Faces Challenge

I joined this challenge to brush up on my gouache skills. Not that I really need it but when I play with a material for a while, creative things happen. I use two different types of gouache and this one is chalky and you can reactivate it. It handles differently so I like to try pushing media to see what else I can make it do. And if all fails, I pull out the colored pencils and go over the top, lol.

Today’s prompt is “a culture different from my own.” I chose this photo from Sktchy however I suspect it is Chief Joseph so I don’t know who else to credit for this one.

Words cannot express how I feel about how badly the Indigenous peoples of North America and Hawaii were treated. And had badly they are still being treated.