Hi, everyone! Christa Forrest here! Want to explore creating expressive portraits but a bit fearful of drawing a face? Try using stencils!
I love using stencils and about 6 years ago I wanted to paint faces but wasn’t too great at it. Plain and simple I was scared. I found these amazing face stencils from StencilGirl® and decided to explore. I was immediately hooked! I could experiment with mediums, mixed media and not get caught up in struggling to draw a half-way decent face. I learned along the way.
The stencil made it easier for me to understand the basic structure of the face. The eyes, nose and mouth were where they needed to be. I could then open myself up to playing and practicing. This eventually built up my creative confidence to start actually drawing a face.
Do I still use a face stencil?
I have come a long way
since the beginning. The face stencils allowed me to feel
comfortable with exploring faces in my work. The more confidence I
gained, the more comfortable I became. Now it feels like second
nature. I still bring out the stencils every once in a while, to
play and practice AND show others that they too can incorporate expressive
portraits in their work with ease.
Here is a quick video of how I can utilize a face stencil to create a fun expressive portrait.
Abigail, A Timeless Woman Large
Golden’s Quinacridone crimson
Golden’s nickel azo yellow
Princeton catalyst scraper tool
Caran d’Ache Neocolor II crayons
Mixed media sketchbook 9x12
Wow! What incentive you have given!ReplyDelete