My creative goal for 2016: 100 faces!

Is anyone setting any creative resolutions for 2016? After a year of making art daily, I’ve learned that of all the subjects I’ve tried, I enjoy faces most. So I’m setting a goal to do 100 faces in ’16. For me, anything with eyes and a mouth counts as a face (yay, birdies included).   I’ve been sketching up a storm this past month, and really loving it.

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On Christmas Eve, I sketched a friend’s dog with a Polychromos colored pencil from a photograph. Sheldon was a challenging subject (and darned cute, to boot)! He was also lots of fun, and his owner was really happy with the drawing, which was very cool. So far, I’m finding dogs easier to draw than cats, and not sure why, as I’ve had a cat pretty much all my life, and haven’t had a dog since I was ten (still miss sweet Tippy, though).

Anyway……here’s my first dog drawing from a year ago, and I do feel I’ve improved some since then, so…..we’ll see where this goes. I’ll be trying faces in pen, graphite, pastel pencils, colored pencil, watercolor pencil, watercolor crayons and other water soluble media…..but I’d like to eventually work up to painting animals in watercolor.    I’m also planning to experiment with toned paper to spice things up a bit.  We’ll see what the year brings! Would love to hear about your creative goals for 2016!

102 thoughts on “My creative goal for 2016: 100 faces!

  1. Good luck with your project, Laura. I’m still trying to refine my creative goals for the year, but I am definitely going to try for a juried show. I have gallery space to just show my work but I want to try a competition in another city or country and see how my work is received. xo

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  2. Hey Laura – I like your plan! Think drawing 100 portraits is a real challenge and you can do it! Smart of you to experiment with your materials as well. Will look for your posts! – Tom

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    1. Thanks so much, Tom! They’ll most likely be only sketches, most of them, but as you know, trying to capture a likeness of an animal or person is challenging. I’m really looking forward to hopefully some improvement in my work this year. Thanks for your encouragement and support. Your feedback is most appreciated. Happy New Year to you and best to you in 2016. Do you have a creative goal for the new year?

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      1. My goals in 2016 are to paint and draw more so as to advance my skills, and to move to the next level by adding more personal expression in my work. Progress not perfection.

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  3. LAURA!!!!!!!! YAY! I was SOOOO excited to see a Create art everyday Post today! YIPPEE!!! I’ve so missed your posts. And what a great post to boot! Full of inspiration and a goal and AN AMAZING sketch of sweet Sheldon! Your skills have definitely grown! Wowza! I did a little painting last night. Felt so good. Need to get back at it now that the holidays are over. January is a great month to take time to paint! YIPEE! Still on Christmas holiday – so enjoying the time to do what I please. 🙂 Welcome back. Looking forward to your 100 faces!

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    1. Jodi, I was stacked up with work yesterday, but I totally loved your comment. You are so exuberant and full of joy – you’re like the Jodi Bird of Happiness, lol! Of all of the great comments and encouragement I see here, yours are always my favorites. Could there be some guessing faces games in our 2016 future? I still laugh remembering your comments from last year lol. I may do some famous faces, haven’t decided for sure, I do think my main focus will be on animals. Anyway, I’m glad you are finding more time to paint. Winter is definitely good for this! It’s so important to take time for things we love to do. I wish you a Happy Birthday tomorrow and a wonderful, peaceful & healthy New Year, my friend! ((((((Jodi))))))

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      1. No problem sweet friend! I surely understand how that can be!! OOOHHH I cannot wait for face guessing games and beautiful animals!!! I am giddy with excitement! 🙂 Going to do some play painting today!

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  4. Sounds like a great goal…can’t wait to see those faces! 🙂
    I am working on some creative goals…but have also found myself praying that I would love others more creatively, and serve more creatively, and I guess just live more creatively. 🙂

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  5. I feel particularly close to this post….after doing a month of faces….Facetober(october) and then a month of dogs…..your dog portrait is perfect! I think it is a wonderful resolution, and when you look over your 100 you will amaze yourself! I look forward to it all!

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    1. Wonderful to hear this, Teri! I was wondering how many faces I would actually do. I’m definitely on fire for it now, but sometimes those creative fires can morph into other things. I think capturing a likeness in animal or human is a challenge, but I love a challenge. And at this point, I think I’m better at drawing than painting, so I have to go to my strengths. We’ll see where it leads. Thanks for the encouragement! Happy New Year to you!

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  6. Hey Laura! Sorry it’s taken me awhile to get my post up, but I finally got my painting back from school. Also got a 100 on it 😀 . Anyways, I hope it isn’t a bother that I took so long. Here’s the link:
    https://trackmuch.wordpress.com/2015/12/27/merry-christmas-life-tracking-trees-and-a-painting/

    I have some other things in that post, and the painting is one of 4 main subjects of the post, so the painting isn’t the only thing in the post. However, if you wouldn’t mind reblogging it like you said, that would be amazing!

    Thanks so much, and I’ll be happy to return the favor anytime!
    Evan

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  7. 100 faces, you will meet that challenge and learn so much on the way. Both dogs are good although it will be interesting to see where you are 100 faces from now. Remember the eyes, the window on each face. No resolutions. I do six week evaluations, look back through my sketches for the last 6 weeks and then decide on a focus on for the next six weeks. Sometimes it works!

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    1. Thanks so much for your encouragment and that tip, Carmel. I drew a face yesterday and your words were there to remind me. I so love to draw eyes. I could post 100 eyes and be very happy lol. (Not sure if my readers would be as interested hehe) I really like your six-week evaluation idea. You are definitely more organized than me. I’m glad you think I can get to 100 faces. I’d really like to surpass it. Lately I’ve been doing a face a day, but you know how sometimes those fires we have in our guts today can morph into something else tomorrow. Although how long have you been focused on figures? I could see where someone could spend a career focused on the figure alone and find endless challenges. And yours, even moreso, as you never know when the person will get up and scoot! Happy New Year to you and yours, Carmel! And thanks again for your help and encouragement – means a lot. ❤

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  8. YAY Laura!!! So HAPPY to see your post today! 😄 Love your sweet little dog portrait! And it is fun to look back on our art from a year ago to see the changes that have taken place in our art journey. I like your creative goal for 2016! 😃 I am still thinking about mine. Glad you will be blogging again as I learn so much from your art! Cheers to a wonderfully creative 2016! 🎉🌟🎨

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    1. Thanks so much for all of your help and encouragement, Jill! I’ve learned a ton from you as well! I’m now going through a Strathmore MM journal every month, thanks to your suggestion, and it’s a really cool way of doing exactly what you said – going back & assessing to see where we’ve been. Love being able to keep that daily thing going. I think that suggestion has helped improve my drawing more than anything else this year – simply because I try and draw something daily. It’s amazing what a difference a daily practice makes! Happy New Year to you and yours, my friend! ❤

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    1. Thank you so much, Debi! I really appreciate your encouragement and feedback (as always). Yeah, I’ve been wondering if I’ve set a goal that may be a little too big but on the flip side, I hope to exceed it. I’ve been drawing every day since sometime in the spring, and drawing a face (or two) a day have been my recent “thing”. We know those things can change, but I have a real passion for this type of work, and would really like to really “do” something with it. It hasn’t let me go since August of ’14, so I’m thinking it’s not a flash in the pan. I’d really like to see where this goal takes me. Do you have a creative goal for the new year? I wish you & yours a wonderful 2016!! ❤

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      1. no, a goal is just that… a place to head Towards and have Fun along the Way!! besides…. a “face” can imply many, many things. could be an eye, with a bit of a line for profile. or…… or 2 bushy bushy eyebrows! 🙂 Easy! Hugs, happy NY Laura

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        1. Very true! And I LOVE eyes so I was thinking actually of doing some closeup animal eyes. I was doing partial faces with an eye closeup last year early on and they looked really cool and got great feedback. Would be fun to revisit! Thanks as always for your support, Debi!

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    1. Thanks so much, Sharon! I’m hoping this challenge takes me somewhere really good. I really want to do art, for real. I love it so much; I feel like any passion this strong has to become something more as long as more effort is devoted to it. I’d really like to exceed my goal. Will be interesting to see where this leads. I always appreciate your feedback and encouragement and I hope 2016 is really good to you!

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      1. I’m so happy for you Laura, like anything worth doing it’s all in the practice. And, that’s exactly what you will be doing! Art has been my number one passion my whole life. I create everyday! It will be fun to share our creations this year. I don’t have a particular goal….just draw and paint!

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  9. This is awesome!!! ❤️❤️😃The eyes are wonderful and love what you’re planning! (This didn’t show up in my feed…grrrrr! Thanks for calling my attention to this post!) This will be an exciting project to watch Laura! I’m still trying to figure out what I’m doing next. 😊😊I have a couple days still right?! Lol

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    1. Absolutely! Last-minute ideas are best hehe! I’m glad you liked my sketch, Charlie. I hope I can do it. I’d like to exceed it, but you know how it goes…..it’s easy to get all on fire about one thing and then when the rubber hits the road, may be a whole different thing. I do enjoy animals though and faces too but neither is what I would call easy. I’m just trying to get better and I figure this is the only way to do it! Good luck coming up with your January / 2016 plans, and thanks for visiting & encouraging me, as always!

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          1. It does I think! That way I sort of have an idea of the parameters. It’s been just thematic which means I still have a lot of wiggle room. Hehe… but I may try a longer project next or even revisit a past one. Still thinking about what I’m going to do! Deciding is the hardest part! Lol

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  10. Glad to see you coming back. Cute dog, and great goal.
    I had an unfinished project goal last year that didn’t happen much. So that’s still in play I guess. I think I’m too easily distracted to focus on one thing. Although I’ll keep working on my “100 self portraits”. I’m still below 10 with that though…
    Happy New Year! (K)

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    1. Thanks, Kerfe. Maybe my goal should be to do even one self portrait! I really admire you for doing those. I’m enjoying seeing the wide variety of work you and Nina produce. I’m going to try and keep my goal interesting by changing up mediums and papers occasionally, but really what I’m trying to become is a more “serious” artist. I’m trying to really hone my skills in the hope of becoming marketable. Is it a pipe dream? I don’t know. But I feel like there’s a reason I’ve been pretty much obsessed with art for the last year and a half, and I’m hoping it’ll lead to a whole new chapter in my life. There has to be a reason, right? Oh Art Guru, tell me true! lol Happy New Year to you both!!

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      1. Haha, no, she´s a girl. 😄 I would love to call her Sheldon, but I think it would confuse her… Her name is Lotte. Sheldon reminds me of the Sheldon character in “The Big Bang Theory”, I think it´s a US series. I used to watch it sometimes, it´s quite hilarious! 😊

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  11. Thanks for stopping my little hole in cyberspace and liking the page, plus now following … I will take some time and look through your blog – I love the drawing you’ve done of the little doggy, brilliant.

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