Laughing Girl.  I made 2 versions of laughing girl and I think this is the best version.  I spent a few days visiting mom over Mother’s Day weekend and made a few background pages in my class journal.  When I got around to this lesson, I made a collage style background, but didn’t like it for this lesson. Instead, I used one of the Mothers’ Day background. For these pages, I used acrylics, my own design and hand carved quail, Prisma pencils, Sharpie white marker, and Pitt pens.

ExpressYourselfLesson9After the struggles of the Chin Up lesson, laughing girl seemed quite easy and enjoyable.  I really loved this class.  Jane has a terrific teaching style and she breaks every step down in easy to understand chunks. Since I’m still a beginner, I put a lot of hours into drawing lots of faces at each step, but the effort is really paying off.

Even though Jane desscribes her style whimsical, she makes use of realistic techniques of shading and creating faces at different angles and expressions.  She explains realistic proportions and how to adjust them to suit what you want.  Jane’s art style makes a nice counterpart to the more whimsical-ness of Life Book.

As much as I want to take Jane’s Print and Scan class, my next Jane class will be I Heart Drawing, where we delve deeper into drawing bodies, which will make all the heads I draw, quite happy.  However, before I can think about the next Jane class, I need to get started on my live art doll class.

My next post will be Lesson 5 of Magical Mythical Makings. After that, I hope to get the first journal video shot and posted.

Happy creating!