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Art Journal Every Day: Week Three of the June Experiment

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As I mentioned in my last two Art Journal Every Day posts (here and here), I am trying an art journaling experiment for June.  I have drawn a grid of thirty boxes and every day this month I will art journal by drawing a face in one of the boxes. 

This week my journal and I went on a little road trip to Cleveland!  And I really pushed myself to try some different things:

Let's take a closer view, shall we?

This face is in the cutesy, cartoony mileiu.  I did the eyes differently than I normally do, leaving lots of white under the pupil.  Adds to the cartoony effect.

I wanted to push out and do a bigger face that literally pushed out of the box.  I was also in a rush, so this took me - literally - less than a minute to doodle with a pencil.  I didn't even bother to erase the guide lines.

Unsatisfied with my fantasy faces (i.e. faces made up from my imagination), I sketched this face from a photograph.  I'm still pushing at the boundaries of the box.  This was done with a regular mechanical pencil while I was sitting in front of the computer staring at the photograph of this girl.

I decided to see what would happen if I didn't use a hard black line (as I like to) to define the face.  This is watercolor.

For some unknown reason, the green face made me think of Picasso (it doesn't look like Picasso or feel like Picasso, so I'm not sure why I made that mental leap).  Nonetheless, it inspired me to use my watercolors to sketch in a little Picasso-esque face.

The green face also inspired me to try this face -- shadowed on one side (instead of the middle) and pretty monochromatic.  It's actually three colors of watercolor, but it looks like just red and I love that!  And it feels kind of cool-y expressive, which I really dig too.

LOVE charcoal!  Love, love, love using charcoal!  I hope that you look at this face and see fear.  That was my intention and I'm totally loving the way it turned out.  I was inspired by some artwork I painted during a class I'm taking at MoMA.

So there you have it!  Seven new faces. Looks like there are fourteen boxes left to fill.  This has really been a great experiment so far.  I'm anxious to see where I end up and how/if it changes my artwork outside of my art journal. 

How about you?  Anybody else making faces?