I am on week 6 of Jane Davenport’s on-line class, Supplies Me. This week is working with pastels and drawing the front torso and turned face. I have a handful of pastels in my stash: a set of 12 Stabilo CarbOthello pastel pencils, 3 Prisma Nupastels, 3 Neocolor 2,  and 2 Stiva paintsticks. I had to pick up some sealer. Fortunately, I had matte medium. I use a really cheap bristle brush, which leaves a nice texture.

I had such trouble with the turned faced. I drew a lot of them, mostly in my Canson mixed media book. My faces wanted to turn down, so I finally decided to go for it and see what happens. I started drawing a girl, intending to work on both the turned face and front torso. And then it hit me: I should try to draw Squid Lady.

My original sketch of her came to me while drawing faces after watching Jane’s Drawing the Whimsical Face. The idea was to merge a whimsical face and one of my favorite tangles, squid. I had not explored her character in a while, mostly because of the torso, so this seemed like a great chance to work on her.The face and figure turned out so well, that I decided to continue working on her into my mixed media assignment, which was to incorporate the week’s lessons and tell a story.

In addition to the pastes and crayon-y items mentioned earlier, I also used prismapencils, Pitt brush pens, white gel pen, and black Sakura micron pen. I love her cute little face and am very happy with these pages.