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Wednesday WrapUp Fun With Faces January


Each Wednesday check this blog for a strategy, process, or reflection for illustration with the iPad app ProCreate. This Wednesday Wrap Up— rather a WarmUp, I share the challenge I’ve joined for February. It’s a great way to warm up your creative juices with an interpretation to a prompt– quick or dedicated, as you wish. It’s also a way to warm up the dreary days of February. It’s called:

Charly Clements‘s #funwithfaces project 


I need people drawing practice. Faces drawing. Expression drawing. This little one week project provides the opportunity to practice just that– and have fun.

Charly posts prompts several times a year. Here’s January’s prompts. As you can see, the prompts include three elements to include for your “face” illustration. So– consider a way to interpret that into a portrait response. It’s a creative restriction that encourages your mind to adjust and create! I love it.

Here’s my template for the start– I drew it so I’d always have a “base” from which I can add the expressions, accessories, styles, etc. Go ahead and use it if it will help you.

Here’s what I’ve shared in prior posts— some classes that help with people drawing:

About Charly

On her website, Charly says she travels the world with just an iPad. And I’m sure she’ll be doodling in Procreate. She’s an accomplished artist whose made art her lifestyle. I’ve loved her classes on Skillshare, and that’s what’s helped me dare to try drawing people, faces, and figures. I still have so much to learn, but the Fun with Faces prompts give artists from novice to experienced a chance to just have fun while practicing that which brings us such joy.

Charly’s Classes

Of course, some of us need a bit of help with this people illustration thing. So Charly has several to help. I’ve included the class on the left and a link to my project on the right so you will see what you can learn.

Fun With FacesGraceful Elder
Drawing Expressive FacesExpress Yourself
Fun with FiguresSerendipity Happens

As you can see– she’s got a great style and process to teach if I can create something and explain about it.

Looking at mine above, you can see the different interpretations and slightly different styles– it’s very open to whatever style you choose.

Other Classes

I’ve also taken a few other classes on Skillshare and YouTube that I need to review to get back into drawing people. I’ve found that since I DO NOT practice, I just revert back to bad habits and silly styles. I need to practice at least once a week so I don’t forget what I learned. Here’s a list, again with my projects on the right.

Skillshare — Jennifer Nichols:
Character Illustration
Character Considerations
Lisa Bardot: People Skills [free]still working on
Lisa Bardot: Character Camp [free]still working on
Skillshare — Ira Marks
People in Motion
OMG I Did It !
Skillshare — Brenda Bakker
Sweet and Stylized Portraits
Miss Curly
Skillshare — Brenda Bakker
Sweet and Stylized Girls
Delightful Dames
YouTube — Calvin the Drifter
Cute People Portraits 1
Miss Olivia
YouTube –Calvin the Drifter
Cute People Portraits 2
That Olivia
YouTube –Calvin the Drifter
Improve Your Faces
YouTube –Calvin the Drifter
Watercolor People
Angie in the Whirlpool
YouTube –Calvin the Drifter
For Sketching: How to Draw Happy People

Join the Fun With Faces

Follow Charly on Instagram and the #funwithfaces hashtag for inspiration and new challenges. Take a chance! It’s a great way to practice those faces and expressions. I’m so appreciative of the challenges because of what I learn by following and observing the hashtag for ideas on such things as eyes, noses, etc. So give it a try. Be part of the community.

I look forward to your sharing, and please continue to be a part of the  #warmup4art series to learn and enjoy our work together! See my sharing at IG @42Sheri and Twitter @42Sheri.

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