I'm doing a weekly prompt at Suzi Skool for the Arte Journal group. It was Suzi's group but she said I could take it over and I asked the girls what they wanted to get out of the group and they said PROMPTS. So here's the first one about PPS for you to enjoy:
Here's how it usually goes for me: I make a face using all my guidelines and measuring VERY carefully. The INSTANT I erase the guidelines things start to go downhill. The face never looks as good as it seems to with all those lovely lines in place. So I have to erase, re-measure, erase some more. Draw new guidelines. Make things bigger. Make things smaller. Erase. I spent over an hour on this pencil outline:
Finally I have a face that I sort of like:But I'm not so good at hair. OK, I stink at hair. So I KNOW that as soon as I add hair, she's going to look horrible. Right? Right. Right? Or...the only way to get BETTER at hair is to make hair. Now, I really admire Ajae's hair and the way her girls look. So I take my phone out and I study some pictures she's sent me and I decide I'm going to try and make hair like Ajae...only, I'm not Ajae and I can't make hair like she does. Not yet, anyway. So instead it's probably better to make hair that I can handle.
Hey, that's actually not too bad. Is it possible that this is an entire girl that I LIKE? Face, hair, even a shirt?!? Looks like it! Holy crap, I actually did it, I made a face that makes me happy. Uh-oh...next step is color. Again, a place where I know a lot of people tend to get stuck. My face ALWAYS looks better before I add color. So I just spend some time with her instead. Who do I want her to be?
Mini Me saw her and said "Mommy, you made such a pretty queen!" And right here is where a LOT of times, I turn the page and start something else. Because I'm pretty good with a regular pencil. And because right now, everything is still fixable. One swipe of my eraser and it's gone and I can change it. And two or three years ago, Suzi gave us permission to quit, so I often remind myself of that and simply move on instead of making myself uncomfortable.
But I really wanted us to tackle this PPS together. So I kept going.
First I painted the "unimportant" stuff - background, wing, crown. Because it's only a crisis if I screw up her face, right? Right. So I kept going. Colored the face, even. And I actually didn't F her all up like I could have even when I tried to add dark green to the tips of her hair. It turned out awful and I had to "fix" it. I did and it looks perfect - you can't even tell. But I'm glad I tried what was in my head, even though it didn't work out.
I still like her and since I like her, now would be the perfect time to stop. Right? Right. Except...she's kind of boring. I mean, pretty and all, but boring. But so pretty...but also boring. So, I keep going.