When I’m stuck on a face, I often set aside my brushes and fingerpaint.
This keeps me unattached to my character rather than getting into my head and “thinking” the eyes and features should look a certain way or be a certain shape.
Yet even after lots of layers, the eyes can still look too perfect and painted on.
That’s when I make a mess. I cover up more of my lines with paint pen, pour water on top, then add more water-soluble pencil smudges at the lashes to create softness (and beautiful mistakes).
It’s pretty common for me to repaint my eyes at least ten times. Layer by layer, smudge by smudge, they begin to emerge and eventually resonate with my heart.
I love creating in my sketchbook. It helps me feel more free with my artwork so that I can uncover new techniques, color combinations and characters.
In Faces class you’ll learn techniques and characters to help you overcome creative blocks and develop your own style, especially when painting eyes and faces.