Dear artist friends:
time for the past 4 years that I have run the 29 faces challenge, I
hear all kinds of comments about the frustration of a starting artist or
worse yet, some vague or direct criticism of another person's art (do
not worry, I cut those short from the group, after a friendly
recommendation of being kind and not a troll).
you to read this words out-loud: "No one is born knowing" I have been
saying that countless times not only for art but life in general. In
fact it is one of my favorite things to say!
We are born knowing
nothing. We do not have to be perfect when we just started a new craft.
Give yourself permission to have many messy creations -in this case
faces-. And do not compare yourself with someone that has been working
on their craft for years.
Respect and love those distorted wobbly faces, because those are the first steps to go where you want!
it realism or whimsical... pencil sketches or oils. It all needs,
requires and it is expected to have "ugly", "messy", "weird" pieces.
you don't like them, observe what it is that you don't like and work on
it. Enjoy the steps. I can promise you with practice you will get where
you want. Take it in small parts, work on eyes for a while, then only
in making the mouth... then maybe ears, or nose...
If you are
totally new to drawing, don't expect a Da Vinci result, but rather see
the components of a face, practice parts of the face till you got them
the way you want.
It is perfectly fine to do whimsical
and do them in your own style. Not everyone has to do realism! If you
like a more realistic approach then by all means, practice and accept
the "fail" faces, and then compare them months later or a year later and
you will see how much you have grown as an artist.
I have seen it time after time, right here in the challenge! :o)
not give up. Find the time to practice for a few minutes and more than
anything, have fun in this challenge, with hundreds of other
like-minded people flying together.
Much love and a pat in the shoulder for you ♥