I love to hear from artists who are enjoying my class!
I just started watching the videos to FACING THE FACTS.I am at work and I
watched the intro and I finally didwhat I intended to do, I did my first face before watchinganything else. Then I
did the first video and did my firstDina face, OH MY GOSH! Can you see me here in El Paso,jumping up and down? I swear I had tears in my eyes! I am so excited I stopped the video and did this email! I can't even type I am so excited! I scanned in my faces on the computer to show you but I don't see how to...not that you need to see them, but I can't stand myself right now!I am so happy and exited! You did it! I swore I couldn't even draw a darn stick figure! Can you feel the hug...oh what you can't breath? Sorry! ; ) Can you tell I am excited? I did it with a #09
regular lead pencil....I am at work right now but can I just say that you did what NO ONE else could do! I swore I would never be able to draw
anything! And I swore I could not be creative and come up with ideas, and you just told me how to get ideas....I did a
class with Donna Downey when she had Christy Tomlinson up there and it was my first time doing mixed media and I made a she art girl and just about came out of my skin, but time is crazy and I have not really tried to do much, and I would get discouraged and think, well I can paint like Donna (course look I pick to compare myself to!!) I just can't believe I did it!
I will commit to draw 100 faces! And I will get my journal
going! I can thank you enough! Did I say THANK YOU? No huh? Well thank you thank you thank you! I know you
probably think I am crazy, and well I am but I just had to say thank you!
And this one from Su:
Dina you are a genius! I am amazed that you, through the 'facing the facts' class, have got me to meet my nemesis and even to like what I am creating. THANK YOU! Here is a huge recommendation to take this class - to anyone who may be thinking about it - Do It!
I've had fun with a few new art obsessions lately. One is painted deli paper. I've used deli paper for years, it's a great substrate. You can paint on it, print on it, stamp on it, and then incorporate your papers into your mixed media pieces. I taught a class this past weekend on painted deli papers and we had TONS of fun.
Robyn posted this comment here on the blog last night, and I wanted to share it. She says:
"I'm fully immersed in the class and sketched two faces on binder paper
I'm quite proud of while waiting for dinner tonight. I plan to watch
these videos over and over again. I have to admit, I had doubts going
into the clas, because I can not draw. But in one day, I have an
amazing amount of confidence after starting this class. I'm so pumped.
Thanks for making this available!"
Robyn, thank you for sharing your experience. I love it when I see people excited about the art they can create, about the possiblities!!
The face below is one I drew...from my 100 faces book. (Scroll down for the post below about my new online face drawing class.)
I always say I don’t know how to draw, yet I have taught myself how to
draw faces. Guess what, you can draw faces, too! Join me in this online
version of my popular in-person face drawing class.
In Facing the Facts, I will teach you how to draw a "Dina style" face by
showing you the drawing "formula". We’ll go over common mistakes people
make and I will show you how I like to draw the features. Then we’ll
paint the faces with artistic, fun colors and brushstrokes. We’ll talk
about drawing the ¾ view, too. Finally we’ll cover some fun techniques
you can try to make your faces even more dynamic and organic, like blind
contour drawing and drawing with unusual implements. All of the lessons
are fully illustrated with printable PDFs. In the accompanying videos,
you watch me draw and paint and demonstrate all of the techniques
Even if you can’t draw, you can learn to draw faces. If I can do it, you can do it!
Class is $65 and includes:
Supply List PDF
Introductory Video (11 minutes)
Part 1: Drawing (26-page PDF and 33 minutes of video)
Part 2: Painting (14-page PDF and 14 minute video)
Part 3: Fun Techniques (10-page PDF and 20-minute video)
I had some strong ink blots on a page. I could see figures in the ink blots, so I took some pencils and crayons and created the figures. I call this page, "A Mother's Worry." It's certainly not a "pretty" page, especially because of the strong black lines. But it is expressive and meaningful. I don't really do "pretty," anyway, do I?
I was laying in bed journaling (I often take crayons and a waterbrush to bed!), and my oldest fella and I were drawing coyotes and foxes. One of them made it onto this journal page. He's colored with Neocolor II crayons. I think he looks more like a doggie than a fox, because of his rounded nose.
When I was teaching at Art Unraveled early this month, I was talking about taking your drawings and integrating them into a finished art journal page. I showed the class a drawing in my journal, and I had them give me suggestions for what to add to it. They had great suggestions, and I did all of them! They had me add the word to her forehead, add the yellow in her hair, paint pink around the drawing, and add the white stenciling.
I was teaching at the lovely Stamping Details in Poway, CA this past weekend, and I made these faces while teaching a class there. I had students in that class who were completely skeptical of drawing. But, they trusted me, and they listened, and they boldly drew and grew. By the end of class, they were drawing great faces, it was amazing!
I am not a teacher who can teach you to draw technically accurate, perfectly realistic faces. But I can teach you do do what I do...and what I do is draw scribbly faces that are fun and expressive.
This, my friends, is why I love Dylusions ink. Swoon. It's in my Dylusions journal and I used Dylusions ink, a bit of pink spray paint, and some of my new stencils from The Crafter's Workshop, and one of Tim's new stencils.
Started this today. I actually seem to have started TONS of things today, and finished nothing. That's just the way it goes sometimes! Lots of wonderful Dylusions ink sprays here, and a tiny bit of acrylic paint.
As you can imagine, I was in an art whirlwind when I created all of the pieces for my book, Art Journal Freedom. Today I was looking through some computer folders and ran across "Book Shots." Right before I mailed all the artwork to the publisher, I hastily took pictures of all the pieces. I do have all of the art back now, and I need to properly photograph it. In the meantime, though, I thought I'd share one of my favorite artworks from the book. Here it is, complete with its note to the publisher about where to put it in the book:
I actually love ALL the art I made that day. They all have a similar look and feel.
The process of writing Art Journal Freedom was intensive and rewarding. Guess what I'm starting to work on now? :)
Click on the book below to see Art Journal Freedom at Amazon:
I got to spend yesterday in a class by Andrea Matus deMeng. Had tons of fun, was a great experience to paint and collage and learn her process. My piece isn't finished yet, but I will definitely share when it is. It's a 5-foot scroll!
I know many of you have been patiently waiting for me to finish a new online class. I am 2/3rds done with a new one...a face drawing/face painting class. I'm hoping to finish it next week.
I taught a face drawing class at Art Unraveled on Saturday. Most of the class didn't have any drawing experience, and by the end of the class they were seriously rocking it out. Seriously.
Here are a couple faces from my doodle book...have a good Tuesday!
Ah, it's August. The Jenni Bowlin kits this month are full of fab colors and textures...corkboard and chalboard, anyone? So fun, cute, and trendy. I did a couple of scrapbook pages and a couple of journal pages.
I was teaching a mark-making class at The Occasional Artist last week, and I was talking about making marks with unusual implements. I unscrewed the lid off a bottle of Distress Paint and used the lid to draw this face. Fun how cool something will turn out when you least expect it!
Alrighty, here's another new stencil. Yay for Four Ferns! I think I'm going to keep one of these intact, and then get a second one to cut apart. Isn't that a good idea? I love the way these look when they're layered together.
Ask for my new stencils at your local scrapbook, craft, art, or stamping store. They're available for wholesale through The Crafter's Workshop.
I've got a new white apron. I'm sure it will stay pristinely white forever. heh.
I've got a new easel...in the space where my fellas' computer used to be. There's SO much more room in here now that I've rearranged things. HUGE thanks to Shannon for helping! Really the room needs to be gutted, painted, carpet pulled out & concrete floor sealed...but I don't have time for that. So Shannon helped me rearrange and purge. I also have new computer desk...it all works much better and I think I threw away 8 big black bags full of crap.
Can you tell I have a HUGE to-do list and I'm procrastinating? Aack!
I'm not keeping count at all...typical of me. If it involves numbers, I don't do it.
As a reminder...I'm doing lots of these faces in Art Doodle Love by Dawn Sokol. It's a fun little book with preprinted backgrounds and prompts to give you a jumpstart. It's really fun to draw on the pages.
Here's a peek of my new stencils, releasing next week at Summer CHA with The Crafter's Workshop. I have seven new designs:
Do you think you can figure out which one is which from these peeks? For my samples I made scrapbook pages, art journal pages, and gelatin prints. I used Dylusions ink sprays, acrylic paints, modeling paste, and spray paint. Fun! I'll be back to share full projects during CHA week.
I can't tell you how much I needed this class. How much I needed to fill my own cup, to paint and just see what happens. Thank you, Katie, for being a gentle soul and for helping me find pieces of myself again.
I painted like a wild-woman...I started EIGHT (yes, eight!) journal pages and did six pieces on loose watercolor paper. Some of what I did, I love. Some of what I did I don't love. BUT, the process is what is important, not the finished product. And the process rocked the casbah. I'll share some of what I did over the next few days, if you don't mind.
This was a quickie, on loose paper. Listening to layers and responding.
I used some of the exclusive JBS paper in the kit for this gal's hair. Other materials I used are: china pencil, Neocolor II crayons, stickers from the kit, flair from the kit, acrylic paint, the chevron stencil from the kit.
Guess what the theme is for July JBS kits....travel! I was so thrilled when I saw the kits. I love to see the world, it's a passion of mine.
I made a couple of scrapbook pages and a couple of art journal pages...the kits are so easy to use. Love that! And....can I mention, an EXCLUSVE chevron stencil in the main kit? Swoon. I used it on almost everything.
Yes, dropped out of sight again. I have been at the tail-end of a whirl-wind few months, and just couldn't keep up the pace.
A huge thanks to all who have come to classes over the last couple of months. I love, love, love being with "my people"--what my hubby calls my "art people." You all truly inspire me and it is a true pleasure to watch you create art. And a big thanks to all of the store owners who invited me to come and took such great care of me: Lori & Linda at Ink About It, Patti at The Queen's Ink, Maura at My Heart's Fancy, Carolyn at The Crafty Scrapper, Deanna at Clipper Street, and Barb at Bizzy B's.
I've been traveling & teaching so much that I haven't spent much personal time in my journals at all. I've missed it. I am looking forward to sitting and expressing and allowing the stresses and the joys of the last few months to spill out.
One thing I have been doing is "100 Faces." I first heard about this from Carla Sonheim, where she recommended drawing a face a day for 100 days. When I teach my face drawing class, I always mention Carla's idea to students and I encourage them to set a personal goal to do it! A couple of Facebook groups have sprouted up from it, and it's so fun to see everyone's growth and excitement.
I have been playing along in Dawn Sokol's book Art Doodle Love: A Journal of Self-Discovery. Her book is a colorful journal with pre-printed backgrounds and lots of prompts to get you doodling and drawing and putting yourself down on paper. It has been so easy to throw it in my purse & just pull it out and draw in it when I have a chance. I'll share some of my faves in the next couple of days.