29 Faces: Face 20! Face 21!

Woohoo! I made it to 20! And 21! Only 8 more to go 🙂

I spent more time than I should have on this one since I didn’t really like it when I was making it. It’s disappointing when you have a vision in your head but the execution doesn’t match. I knew it was going badly after the sketch but I plowed on anyway, thinking it might be ok. Ah well. One for the experiments book. I like the cat. 🙂

Later today: I’ve finished another face and so I’m close to being caught up. I have a good book to read so it won’t be caught up today.


It’s really ugly, I know. But I’ve never seen a pretty zombie. I kept the image small in case you’re not a fan of the undead. If you are, you can click on the image for a bloodier look.

Is anyone else excited about The Walking Dead coming back to TV soon? My main hope for this season is that the Governor dies… early on. I hated him with a passion last season and I can’t believe they’ve dragged him back for yet another season. I think David Morrissey is fantastic but the Governor needs to go away. At least he’s not quite as evil and vile as he is in the comic.

29 Faces: Face 19

Here’s face 19 for the 29 Faces art challenge. Another digital painting but more in the style of my portfolio art rather than the realism I was “attempting” before. I might even add this one to my portfolio, and a few more too since I still have 10 to go!

I need to catch up on my commenting this weekend and go visiting more blogs to see all of the wonderful art being made. So many beautiful portraits to see.

29 Faces: Faces 16, 17 &18

I’ve been busy with other projects this week and haven’t had enough time to devote to hour long faces so I’ve gone with the 10 minute cartoon versions. Much quicker and I still get to play! I’ll revert back to the other style as soon as my plate clears up a bit. These versions are fun though. I haven’t made any long necked girls in a few years.

29 Faces: Face 15

I didn’t get a chance to finish David today but I did manage to finish Face 15 for the 29 Faces art challenge. This one is based on an old photo I have. I can’t remember if it came from the Brady-Handy collection or if it was one of those funny links on Buzzfeed. It was a nice exercise in values!

Speaking of old photos, if you’re not familiar with the Brady-Handy collection of civil war era photos, it’s definitely worth a browse. Tons of high resolution photos in the public domain.

Below I’ve posted some of the acrylic ATCs I did from this collection of photos. Tons of great portrait shots there.

I’ll come back to Michaelangelo’s David tomorrow. Hopefully.


29 Faces: 12, 13 & 14 (WIP)

Painting my bathroom took longer than I thought so I didn’t get as many faces done as I had hoped on the weekend. But I do have 2.3! And I’m almost halfway done the challenge. Face 3 is a work in progress obviously. I was looking through my reference library and found a lovely pic of Michaelangelo’s David. I thought it would make a good value exercise and a nice addition to the 29 Faces art challenge. I’ll finish it off tomorrow after I get some work done.

29 Faces: Face 11

I didn’t think I’d make it to Face 11 tonight but I managed to pull it off while watching, “Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire” with Lauren Bacall and Marilyn Munro. Old School! This painting took a bit longer than normal since I spent more time painting hair. Painting all of those strands takes a while.

Hopefully, I can catch up on the two faces I’m missing over the weekend. Sadly, I have to paint my bathroom so who knows if that’s a reachable goal. I’ll probably be lucky to get the regular portraits done. 🙂

It’s almost midnight here so I’ll have to save my viewing and commenting for tomorrow. It’s a lot of fun seeing what everyone else is doing for their portraits. I’ve seen some wonderful art these past two weeks!

29 Faces: Face 10

Here’s a pretty girl for Face 10 of the 29 Faces art challenge. I thought she needed a flower in her hair. Another digital painting in Photoshop. I’m heading to my weekly life drawing session this afternoon so I’ll give a portrait a whirl. Maybe I’ll get Face 11 done today too!

Later in the afternoon: I managed to do a portrait during the life drawing session. It was about a 25 minute pose. This is done with colored pencils on kraft paper. Definitely not one of my best (ugh) but it’s ok. Some days are great drawing days and others, well….  not so much!