Our guild's October program was given by Bonnie Lyn McCaffery and the workshop "Painted Faces" was today. What can I say about this workshop, except that it was fantastic! Bonnie is such a pleasant, professional teacher and everyone (and I mean everyone) was able to walk away from this workshop with a painted face that, as she put it, looks human. I was afraid that mine would come out all cartoon-y like everything I draw. Remember that graphic design background of mine? All my stuff comes out with a hard line -- until today.
The workshop was held in our local quilt shop The Sweetheart Quilt Shoppe, which unfortunately does not have a website. But it is a great shop with a wonderful selection of fabric and patterns. Everyone was given a kit that included a photo of Bonnie's daughter so that we could all work on the same photo. O, and before I forget. One of the things that made this workshop so special was the video camera holder that Bonnie used. Can you see it there in the first photo? You know how students all cluster around the instructor during a demo and the people in the back never get to see the whole thing? This was great because it allowed the people in the back row to see the same thing at the same time as the people in the front row.
First up is the base shading. Notice how much darker the image on the left is than the image on the right. That is because the image on the left is still wet and paint drys lighter. I need to go back over the shading again to darken it a tad. This is the way I paint, though. I always do it too light because I feel that you can always add more, but it is really hard to remove paint once you've laid it on the background.
The next image is the finished product from today. I have soaked out the blue lines and spread it flat to dry. When it is totally dry, I'll darken up the shading.
And before you ask, this is going to be finished. I am not going to let this become another UFO. I like this. I never thought I could do this.
If you ever get the chance to take a class from Bonnie, do it! You won't regret it and you never know, it just might lead you down a different path.
What did you learn today?