These crazy faces came right outta my head. That’s true because I drew them with my eyes closed–no photo reference–no model in front of me–not even imagining a face I know or have seen! (Disclaimer: Any resemblance to anyone living or dead is purely coincidental, blah, blah, blah.)
Index cards are the substrate of choice and a Sharpie fine point for the drawing. Mostly they are drawn in one continuous line while thinking to myself,….”side of the forehead, loop in for an eye, loop for the iris and eyebrow and back to the cheek, rounded, some curvy shapes for a mouth, down and around the chin and back up, etc., etc.”! I’ve started at different points and don’t always do the features in the same order. Occasionally I forget a nose and just close my eyes again and add one. I think the faces are so much more interesting with their off-kilter wonkiness than if everything falls in the right place!!
The finishing is super fun. For these six I used Inktense Pencils. They are water-soluble and the colors just explode when touched with a wet brush. I may use a little ultra fine Sharpie to add a bit of detail or define a spot but really less is more with these wild Mamas and Papas. Add a little background and a slim black border and they’re ready to face the World!
Pick a favorite and give them a name!