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.
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!