Monthly Archives: December 2011

A Face A Day – December 2011

Magi Batetcloudbuilder 2susannedtNora IlvaD-ManNasir
Frida SofiaArsaytoma / ZoraidaMaureen NathanLucía Barrantes EgañaRyanSamuelCarr / face it / Ryan Samuel Carrbhlogiston / Renée
MojacobsArturoAnAisLeona EGioserra - Giovanni SerrazanettiHarry Kent : Art Informel
Squeakyboy / Janine / Morticiagdurrett / Greg DurrettCarmenGila - age 9Jane Gardiner

A Face A Day, a set on Flickr.

I diligently neglected my drawing for decades–beginning about the time I graduated high school. Then in the fall of 2010 I took a life drawing class at the local arts center.

I got a lot out of that class. The teacher was good and passionate and demanded excellence. I don’t want to say the class changed my life–it’s more like it was the first step that I had been hesitant to take for many reasons for a very long time. And once I took that first step my life didn’t change–but my leisure time did (as well as many of the hours I might have spent sleeping).

When the class ended and I couldn’t start another for a while, I decided I was going to make time to draw every day. And I did pretty good for the most part–but days would get skipped now and again. Eventually I decided to set a goal and make a project of it–one face a day. Every day. For at least a year. No other restrictions. A smiley face in the fog on the bathroom mirror would count.

These pictures are the fruits of this project. I don’t know if you can see a linear improvement in my work but considering that up until this time I had only ever attempted a handful of likenesses–mostly with such poor results that I didn’t try again for a decade or two. So to me the last several months have been pretty remarkable. If I can get a recognizable likeness I am tickled. If I can draw a face or head with volume, if I can capture the light as it reflects off a solid form, I am giddy with delight. If I can achieve any of these things in a picture that has any degree of visual interest or pleasing qualities, I am… amazed.


A Face A Day: Water-soluble Pencil

cloudbuilder by husdant
cloudbuilder, a sketch by husdant.

Water-soluble pencil


Cloudbuilder [Kara Jansson Kovacev] discussion and reference photos

Cloudbuilder’s work

A Face A Day: 7B Pencil

susannedt by husdant
Susanne, a sketch by husdant.

This was a good exercise for me but in the end I think it’s probably just enough of a likeness to be unflattering. Alas…


Susannedt/Susanne discussion and reference photos

Susanne’s work

A Face A Day: D-Man

D-Man by husdant
D-Man, a sketch by husdant.

4B pencil and colored pencil

A Face A Day: 7B Pencil on Paper

Nasir by husdant
Nasir, a photo by husdant on Flickr.

7B Pencil


CrystalRobot / Nasir: discussion and reference photos

Nasir’s work

A Face A Day: Chalk on Toned Paper

Oksusha2000 by husdant
Oksusha2000, a sketch by husdant.

Black and white chalk on toned paper


Oksusha2000 discussion and wonderful reference photos

Oksana’s work

A Face A Day: Black and Red

Frida Sofia by husdant
Frida Sofia, a photo by husdant on Flickr.

Inktense pencils and water on paper


Frida Sofia Martinez discussion and reference photos

Frida Sofia’s work

A Face A Day: Pencil Sketch

Arsaytoma / Zoraida by husdant
Arsaytoma / Zoraida, a photo by husdant on Flickr.

4B Pencil

 After I loaded this up  to Flickr I had posters remorse. Somehow I always see things in the Flickr thumbnails that I miss when I’m looking at the physical work or even the local scan.

On this drawing I knew the nose was too long before I scanned it but I can claim that is a mannered idiosyncrasy. What I didn’t see was the way the highlight down the side of the nose looks like a raised mole tunnel. Aaaaargh!

I went back and softened it on the original. I haven’t decided if I’m going to re-post or not yet.


Arsaytoma / Zoraida discussion and reference photos

Zoraida’s work

A Face A Day: Ballpoint Pen on Notebook Paper

Dalton de Luca by husdant
Dalton de Luca, a sketch by husdant on Flickr.

This was fun. I’ll have to do more.


Dalton de Luca discussion and reference photos

Dalton’s work

A Face A Day: 4B Pencil

Maureen Nathan by husdant
Maureen Nathan, a sketch by husdant.

I can’t say I’ve really enjoyed the past two evenings’ output. I have several other sketches that I’m not even going to go to all the trouble to hit the scan button.

I’m going to bed.


Maureen Nathan discussion and reference photos

Maureen’s work