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7 Day Lazy Challenge: Day 5

Welcome to the 7 Day Lazy Challenge where we set up our week ahead time to wake up at 5 am to allow us 30 minutes of building our skills for 7 days! We are on Day 5.

Here is what I worked on:

I’m really enjoying the graphite drawing with the colored pencil bit of cloth. I think it looks kind of cool.

So, I’ve heard of people in silent prayer or meditation who get these very dark and negative feelings while they’re doing so. These are manifestations of things we’ve been struggling with that we are needing to work through.

I view art making as a form of meditation, and it’s especially been a form of prayer lately since my Faith was revitalized. Normally it calms and relaxes me, but this morning, not so much. For some reason, I kept thinking back to a couple girls in high school who wronged me, and I couldn’t stop feeling this uncontrollable rage. What made this even more aggravating was that high school was almost 10 years ago for me, so I had no idea why I was getting so angry.

These memories just bubbled back for no apparent reason. Once I drew the girl’s lip corners into a smile, those feelings went away. I’m not sure the significance of that, or even if there is any (maybe the calming power of happy art?), but it was interesting and I thought worth sharing.

Also, look at my forest! Unfortunately, the timer was on silent, so I ended up drawing 15 minutes longer than I planned to (if I had set the timer for 45 minutes, it would have been a cooler species of tree). It is fun to see it grow.

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30 Day Lip Challenge: Day 14/ Self Portrait Lips

Welcome to day 14 of the 30 Day Lip Challenge.

So. I really need to stress this. If you are doing this challenge along with me. DO NOT TAKE A PICTURE OF YOUR LIPS AND DRAW THEM. You must use your reflection. Why? First off, when a photo is taken, it flattens the image it captures, so you lose a lot of information from a photo versus drawing something from real life.

Second. This is supposed to be a small, honest evaluation of yourself in the present moment. Yesterday, when I took those photos of my own lips in various expressions, that’s what I was drawing them for, the expressions.

When you’re drawing from your reflection, in theory, unless you’re posing, you’re capturing certain parts of your thoughts, feelings, and psyche at that present time. There was a self portrait I painted last year while I was in Italy, and it looked like a zombie because it was so cloudy/acid rainy for months on end and I was pretty miserable at that moment. You capture weird things like that.

As you can see below, I look pretty miserable because I am! I’m really sick right now (which is why I’m here blogging rather than at my day job). My own throat is trying to suffocate me and it feels as though there’s a mining company that’s taking up residence in my skull and tunneling away at it.

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I actually put on lipstick because my lips were so pale.

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Sick… but must… continue… creating….

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30 Day Lip Challenge: Days 10-12

Welcome to the 30 Day Lip challenge. Where I paint/draw a pair of lips from a certain theme every day for 30 days minus the few break days scattered in between.

So, I have been consistently drawing every day, I just haven’t been posting them. Which begs the question, what’s to stop me from cheating? I could skip a few days, draw the prompts all one day, and no one back home could ever know?

Well, nothing. But I’d know…

…I’d know.

Day 10: Female Lips.

I wanted to go ridiculous with this one. I was looking at the big supermodel lips. They’re probably not natural, but there’s something pretty funny about it when you can tell. See? One even has buck teeth. The’re not my best, as I had an upcoming ballet class that evening so the only time I had to draw was on the train coming home.

Day 11: Male Lips.

My husband, and his awesome beard, were an amazing model for me. I basically had him stare at one monitor on his computer where I had a good angle. After I was done, he went back to headbanging to metal. ^_^ This actually probably my best work. I’m not sure because it was drawn with a lot of love behind it, or if it was from a live model and there’s a lot more definition when you draw from life vs. drawing from a photo, which flattens the subject. And yes, I did get his permission before posting. 🙂

Day 12: Elderly Lips.

Almost forgot to do these last night. Here we have the lips of Christopher Lee (God rest his soul), Patricia Routledge (Hyacinth from the BBC show, Keeping Up Appearances) and for fun, I drew Lady Olenna from Game of Thrones because upon drawing poor ol’ Hyacinth, I came to the conclusion that she might have been a bit too young.

Now, wait a minute, you might be saying… This is Day 13… Why aren’t you posting Day 13th’s drawing?

Well-um-BE QUIET!!!

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30 Day Lip Challenge: Day 9/Child

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So… children’s lips are very difficult. Their heads are somewhat shaped differently than adults. There’s more fat in their faces so it looks like their mouths protrude out more. It’s difficult to draw dimples and not make them look like wrinkles. The key thing here I think is the eyes. These don’t really look like children’s lips, but I have a feeling they would if their eyes were there. That seems to be a common theme. Most expression is in the eyes, so I’ve been finding there’s a lot of information missing without them.

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30 Day Lip Challenge: Day 8/ Old Master Studies

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For this entry, I drew four lips from Old Master paintings. The reason why I included an exercise involving Old Master art is because I believe studying their techniques helps improve your art style. You can almost see how they held their pencils, what colors they used, and how they achieved a semi-realistic image.

I drew lips from Boticelli’s Venus, Bougereau’s Young Girl in Profile, John Singer Sargent’s Jean Joseph Marie Carries, and Da Vinci’s Self Portrait sketch. I thought about drawing something by Van Gogh, but then I decided against it because as much fun as that would be, that’s not the direction I want my portrait style to go.

 

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So, no side by side because the image is in a private collection and copy-righted, but you can see the original here. 

So, some reflections. I did this on my lunch break, in the middle of the day, so it was a nice break away from work. I also need to get an actual printer/scanner at some point. My phone takes good pictures, but you can tell it’s a photo on a non-flat sketchbook. If I do this prompt again, I think I’m going to take the original portraits (as long as they’re not copy-righted), and use Photoshop to put the lips I drew over the portraits to keep it fun. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time, but I’m jotting this down so that I remember to do it again or hopefully if you guys are doing this exercise with me, you can do that!

Thanks for following my journey to improve this aspect of the face. Stick around for more!

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30 Day Lip Challenge: Day 7: Studying Vanderpoel.

Here is Day 7: Studying Vanderpoel.

 

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As a kind of Christmas gift to myself, I purchased the book, The Human Figure by John H. Vanderpoel. He goes over how to create the human starting with each individual part of the face all the way until the entire human body. So, today, I was studying his chapter on lips.

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I’m really enjoying this book so far. I enjoy Vanderpoel’s style because his figures are all so graceful. Another thing that I like about this book is that in the segments where he writes about the process, he does so in a clear and concise way. As somebody who thinks and feels more in pictures, it’s always refreshing to find writers who put things into words better than I ever could. Certain things just began clicking that I couldn’t quite get just from simply drawing and practicing. Hence, I wrote down notes that I thought were helpful as well as draw the lip studies.

 

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