Radiant Faces Part 2 Lesson 4

Effy’s take on Girly Girl.

At this stage of the class, I’m doing much more sketching before starting to work on each piece. Here are my sketches for Girly Girl. I like the idea of the water-activated Stabilo pencil, but the black is quite stark and can look dirty if you’re not careful. I was planning to just sketch, but then I felt compelled to continue working each page. So I did. I worked the same colors on both sides of the journal but in a different arrangement to see what would happen. Would they relate to each other? I also decided to make them look in the same direction, which I think ties them together.


One thing I tried this time was the way Effy (and Christy) apply the collage layer: very neatly in a vertical/horizontal arrangement. I’m a very random, higgedly-piggledy collage person. I love to just tear and glue pages all over the place. I felt this up and down method was a bit too rigid, but I tried it. Although it is rather difficult for me to stay within the lines, it does provide a kind of tension to the background, particularly when Effy added washi tape.

Here is my piece for Part 2’s Girly Girl. The up and down collage method sort of worked. Now that I’m taking more time at each stage, the landmarks of my faces are correct (or more so, anyway) even when I change the tilt of the face. She reminds me of my doll photos. I almost always tilt my dolls face, even when I shoot them looking into the camera. I feel this gives more life to their faces. I think it has to do with the shift of shadows – peoples faces are always moving and light dances across them all the time. Tilting the dolls head, even just slightly, changes the shadow play across their face.

But I digress. I was awake early Christmas Day, which is when I finished this page. By this time, I had spent a couple of evenings drawing a bunch of faces, in the styles I’ve learned over the past 18 months. I feel like I have a style, although I don’t want to become constricted by a single style. I can’t say I was completely successful with the black stabilo pencil on this one. I picked up a brown Stabilo that will start appearing in future pages. Overall, I love the way this version turned out, even though the black got a bit smudgy and dirty face looking.

Happy creating!