This portrait sketching exercise is about drawing fast, using as few lines as possible (I tried to stick to 20...) and using both the point and side of the pencil. I loved this process. I wish I did them on artist quality paper. They are on newsprint and I have yet to learn the lesson, always use good paper! ; )
$80 - 6x8" original gouache painting on acid-free quality paper.
The 6x8" Strathmore Toned Blue Paper is just great for gouache. It really makes the colours pop! Especially when I leave it as the mid-value. A lot of people ask me about it's durability but it's 184lb paper. It's thick, like card stock. And it's acid free. Love it and highly recommend.
I painted this in a class where fellow artists and I sit for each other for 25mins. The person keeping track of time calls out how much time in left every once in a while, so the painters know they gotta paint fast! The 25 minutes flies by when you're painting, but when you're the sitter, hearing how much time you have left to sit perfectly still is quite a struggle! Unlike the painters, the sitter feels time is going super slow. It's a crazy juxtaposition.
This model managed to find a relaxed zone which created her soulful expression. I think I captured it! : )