A Face Painted on My iPad, with Some Pics of the Processes

*There are progress pics, further along. I prefer to draw with my finger on the screen, rather than use a stylus, or iPad pencil.

Since childhood I’ve been drawing “faces”; often from memory and imagination. This is another one of them. In my post called “About Drawing Faces”, there is more about these “faces” and a fine pencil portrait I did of one of my sons.

I’ve drawn many portraits from either a sitting, or at the least from a photo.

Certainly, when first learning to draw anything; drawing from keen observation  of your subject matter should be a constant practice and discipline. One to be returned to regularly!

I wing it a bit with these “faces”. I take a bit of poetic licence and hope my many years of drawing practice help to create a face that successfully carries the: mood, idea, feeling…I want to communicate. Sometimes they work out…and I share them here, and of course sometimes they don’t.

Some process paintings which lead to the above finished work.

*Just touch on a pic to enlarge them all.

I’d like to do some portraits again soon…it’s been a while; and some practice in this area can only help my more whimsical works!

There is a drawing guide at Craftsy on some general proportions to consider when drawing a face.

Since I began blogging earlier this year I’ve come across many wonderful artists and writers – below are links to a few of them. All highly skilled and talented artists who paint and draw amazing portraits; some draw other subject matter as well.

Heather Dawn Fine Art 

Rebecca at Stuff and Nonsense

Carol Lois Haywood at Silicon Valley Types

Hope you have a lovely creative day!

20 thoughts on “A Face Painted on My iPad, with Some Pics of the Processes

    1. Thank you, for your kind comment! It’s nice to know you found my post encouraging; as to encourage others in their own artistic journey is one of the aims of my blog. 🙂 I can see from your lovely drawings that you look very carefully at your subject matter; if you do that when you draw faces you’ll be fine. And of course lots of practice…and I’m sure you know that already. All the best, Janette. 🙂

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    1. Thank you Laura! I like to show progress pics sometimes. However, I get so involved in the process (I’m sure you’d know what I mean) of drawing and painting…and forget to snap pics (even though it’s so easy to snap a pic when I draw on an iPad) along the way! 🙂 Though I shall try to do so more often, as it can be helpful to others and also in some ways, it gives me insights into my own drawing/painting processes. By the way, I do think you are very good at drawing faces. 🙂 Cheerio ~ Janette.

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    2. Thanks Janette! I do know what you mean. I enjoy drawing faces. Now, painting them would be a whole different matter. Gives me the willies to even contemplate it! Thanks for the encouragement, and I do think that keeping photos of your process is bound to be worthwhile in the future. If we could only remember to consistently do it! Take care. 🙂

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  1. Nicely done Janette! I especially enjoyed seeing the process. I’ve drawn family members but when no one is available I’ve always looked in the mirror. This has probably helped me in the aging process as I have no illusions about my own face. 🙂

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    1. Thank you….thought I’d try something different; wouldn’t normally do or teach others to start with those big fat black lines! As you probably know from your own artwork and from teaching…when it comes to drawing it’s usually: begin with light lines, work all over the picture space, consider the focal point, then bring in the tones..and so on. 🙂
      Thanks for touring around my blog and leaving all those kind comments. I’m so glad to have come across your blog, love your art and your great teaching ideas. Nice to meet up with a fellow Australian blogger too! All the best, Janette. 🙂

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    2. you’re welcome! Love what you just said about “begin with light lines” oh my, how many lines in class are so dark they scream. anyway, it just made me smile …. 🙂

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  2. You are very talented Laura, you really capture the character well in your sketches. My daughter in London is an artist in her non working time and loves doing portraits also. Thanks for sharing your drawing tips. Blessings:-)

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment, even though you called me “Laura” …not to worry, easily done in the process of commenting on various blogs. 🙂 Between you, your wife and daughter – there’s lots of skills and talent in your family! Thanks for stopping by. All the best, Janette. 🙂

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  3. Sorry for getting the name wrong Janette, it was late and after a couple of wines, I sometimes get the names wrong. I really appreciate your comments and interest in my blog, and that we both share the same passion to be creative with scripture and share the joy and delight of our faith in our blogs, you through your art and mine through birding.

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