Every once in a while I come across some art on the web that absolutely blows me away. This morning it was a comment from Uber Luciano Gatti on one of my flickr images (well, he added it as a favorite) which sent me to his flickr site. Here are a few images from Uber's "Faccio Facce" set:
Tina Bering's "100 Girls on Cheap Paper". I refer to her book a lot for inspiration, even though I don't draw faces very often, and it is one I recommend for my Sketchbook Practice class. Not a how-to at all, just pure inspiration. A couple of images:
What I love about these pieces, both Uber's and Tina's, is the degree to which the process and material are evident. The abstract aspects of them are as in-your-face as the expressive quality of the faces. Learning to draw a perfect likeness of a face is as skill that can be learned with practice. But this individual, idiosyncratic interpretation of a face is so gut-wrenchingly expressive. I think it comes with just working and working and working, and gradually finding your own way with materials, techniques, imagery, and ideas.