I have a complete love-hate thing with autumn. I really love the crisp air, the colors, the smell; I love the harvest; I love the renewed energy of cooler days and new routines; I love that we’re settling into new homeschool groove. But I do hate to see the summer go.
Our new routine is packed. Among others things, it includes more math time (summer is all about reading), learning how to do research, and getting to know the new puppy (okay, puppies. I am a sucker for small furry faces — but that’s another post).
And of course there is art. We have officially borrowed from Marisa and made Creative Thursday our “main” art day for school, but really, art happens like reading; it comes unbidden, five minutes here and five minutes there, time before bed, an hour under a tree, a delicious afternoon; an idea scribbled in a margin, a drawing rendered in a sketchbook, a doodle on a notebook cover…
My own sketchbooks have been calling out faces lately. I love faces. They are one of my favorite things to draw, and I move in and out of different styles and ways of rendering them. These are a few of my most recent. The trend here is simple and fast, wide-eyed and without a lot of time for heavy working or realism.
I indulge no pressure or perfectionism in these. Some are drawn from life or from a photo, others are drawn from my imagination.
Charcoal is my current favorite medium (although that changes), but I draw them in everything: pastel, pen, pencil, Prismacolor… (I want to do more painted faces, but of course paint is less portable and spur-of-the-moment, so it fits into my lifestyle less often.)
I like to do them over journaling or previously prepared backgrounds. Sometimes they get the benefit of layers of color or text or patterns peeking through. But I like the plain pen and ink ones too. And I like that they can show up anywhere.
I like them as journaling elements, the emotion they can express or the mood they can set. And I like them for no reason at all except that they are pretty. Or not pretty. Plain or lovely or interesting. I love them all. I feel this way about people, actually. Don’t you? That the differences are some of the very best parts?
They are splendid little drawing exercises, and another nice thing about them is you never run out of models. If you lack inspiration grab any magazine — better yet, head to the park, coffee shop or library. It’s a perfect way to practice drawing fast – just don’t let the perfectionism bug rear his nasty little head. There is no room for him here. Only for play. For joy. And for a good set of lips.