It's a collection of drawings by artist Tina Berning. The book title pretty much sums it all up. Inside are 100 drawings of girls on cheap paper. But they're wonderful expressive drawings done with an economy of line and great mastery of shadow and light. Here are two of the drawings from inside the book:
This is not an instructional book. There's a very short introduction and then page after page of beautiful paintings and drawings. After flipping through the book I was immediately inspired to start my own catalogue of 100 girls. I have nowhere near the skill level of Tina Berning, but I have enjoyed the (somewhat) daily practice of drawing faces. While I haven't yet made it to 100, I have filled an entire book with faces.
I had only two rules when working on the faces: experiment with different materials and push myself out of my comfort zone. Some of the faces are good. Some are horrifyingly bad. But, I think there's growth over time. The first drawing in the book is from January of 2012 and the last is from last week. So, they cover a good span of time and I've been drawing faces elsewhere in between. I was going to share only my faves, but then I decided it would probably be a good idea to share them all. However, there are so many of them that I've divided them into three posts, which I'll share over the next week or so.
Without any further ado, here is the first set of faces:
Most of these were done in June of this year and I have to confess that these early faces are some of my least favorite. But they represent learning and experimentation and I love them for that! I will share more tomorrow.
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