Thursday, January 21, 2010

My New Class, Suzi Face With Color, and Some Other Stuff

Okay, this might be a little long again, so I'll get right to it.  First of all , I'm very excited about my new class that I signed up for, which starts. on Feb. 5.  It's Sharon Tomlinson's--her blog is  All Norah's Art, and  she explains all about it there. I met Sharon when I was in Mystele's class last fall.  I love her style, and her faces, and yes it's another face class.  I want to learn both from her and Suzi at the same time, so I can combine what I learn and come up with my 'own' faces. 

And speaking of Suzi, I drew some more faces, and this time I put them in my brand new Moleskine journal that I bought  for the class.   And I added color with the Prismacolor pencils--


Now, just like the graphite pencils, I had to start at the beginning again with the colored pencils.  I've used them in my artwork before, but very little, and they were never the main element of the piece.  This time they are, so I had to learn how to use them.  I'm  getting more comfortable with them, but I'm still learning.  I like these pencils, and I know I'm going to want to try different colors other than what Suzi uses.  Right now, I'm basically using the colors that she suggests  .  And I was a little nervous about  "messing" up my brand new journal, but for my first time, I'm happy with them. The pages in this journal are great.  I used heavy acrylic paint on the redhead, and the paper didn't buckle at all--I love the texture also.  So this morning when I went to close the journal, I noticed one thing--it was upside down--of course, what else.  So now my first 2 page spread will be upside down, but that's okay--it's my journal--I meant to do that!

And also, I've been fooling around again with my scrapbook papers  that I made for this collage--





I found this 5 x7 framed Warren Kimble print  (where else) at a garage sale.  I originally bought it for the frame:

But I decided that I would use the whole piece and alter it.  I liked the cat, but I'm pretty sure I couldn't keep it in the art piece because of copyright issues, so I just made my own cat image, and collaged over it--





I like doing this-- recycling my art.

Okay, and then there was one other thing.  Since I've "mastered" the technique of putting utube videos up on my blog--I had to put another one on for you to watch.  And this one is worth the 2 minutes and 17 seconds to view.  This is from 1981.    If  you own a computer, you will like it!





41 comments:

Colleen said...

Love your artwork and the video is a hoot - I liked the part where he says if he likes what he sees, he can then print it out and have in on...paper !? LOL

I've been trying to come up with my own 'faces' as well..I guess we'll find our styles, huh? :-)

joyfulploys said...

Your faces are lovely!! You are finding your style. I love Moleskines too...the pencils just glide over that heavy paper. I like the way you recycled the cat art. I watched the video from 1981...rotary phones and the big clunky computers. It is amazing how fast technology advances.
Cheers,
Mary

purplecat said...

Hey girl you are doing great with those faces :) keep up the good work!!

Shawn Caro said...

I think your faces are so sweet. Just keep drawing them and soon you will see your own style emerging. Take care and keep on creating!--

joanna said...

Great job on the faces! I love the red hair! Sharon's class seems very interesting too. Can't wait to see what you come up with!!

WrightStuff said...

Love your faces. I'm getting ready for a weekend of drawing - can't wait. I keep watching the videos just before I go to bed then end up dreaming about them!
That video is a hoot. I remember when we first got the internet at work around 1994 I think. We had one computer hooked up for our whole team and the pages took ages to download. We were very reliant on fax machines (and dare I say it - talking to each other) those days!

itsaworkofart said...

Hi Diane, ooh wow!! your art are just superb!! and your blog is sooo pretty. i am sooooo new to blogging, and the fact that i've got to learn soooo many things with soooo little time that i hv. never had a chance to take classes from the artists at you tube, but hopefully by next year when Diyanah starts school at 'longer' hours, and have enough cash, i should be able to do so. looove your faces too!
Luv : July

Tara said...

Gorgeous faces and love the art recycling - I do that too (to my own work)! Am off to check out Sharon Tomlinson - always like to hear about new classes and ideas! :)

Marilyn Rock said...

You are doing beautifully with your faces! Love them and the colors added! Gorgeous! I love seeing what you are doing! xxoo

LiveArt said...

Love your faces :) Must be fun to be able to draw so well :) About the polymer clay stuff, well it's so easy it probably would look great the first time :)

Adrian said...

Oh your Suzi faces are just great! She is a fun teacher and so supportive. I love what you've been doing with frames. As always, your color choices rock! Keep on keeping on, you are doing fabulous stuff and it's so fun to watch.

CARMELINA LOUNSBURY said...

I absolutely love your red head, is this a recurring theme or something...I just drew a face with orangie red hair too...inspired from another site! It's just too funny, come check it out. Anyways...i love how your first drawing in your new sketchbook turned out, no matter which direction it faces...
keep drawing, and I hope you enjoy your upcoming class.
btw, I can't live without my Prismacolours...ciao

Sherry said...

okay, I read blogs to find out about art but I have to say I LOVED the newsclip. Hilarious. I started working on computers in 1982 - black screens with yellowish letters - so that really took me back. fun

Sherry said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog & following. Don't you just love the interplay we can have becuz we live NOW? To think I never could have seen so much wonderful work or met so many fascinating artists back at the time that video was shot!!!

CARMELINA LOUNSBURY said...

Hi Diane

I want to thank you for your compliments on my work...I went through my blog and found my red head drawing for you....(i named her Isabella, by the way), if you have time to come back to my site, just look under the SUNDAY JAN. 17TH ENTRY called, "Inspiration from Another Artist".

Janie Husband said...

Love your Suzi faces, Diane...and all of your other works of art...and thank you for commenting at my blog...with all this wonderful art to look at I am getting inspired to create again..

Robin said...

Love your faces...really great and the colors too..the video was unbelievable..weve come a loooong way..!!

Lisa Lectura Creations said...

Hi Diane! Your journal pages are beautiful! Love the upside down "I meant to do that" line. I say that all the time. Your creations always amaze me. Love the altered cat painting. Really clever. And the primitive internet video was fabulous to watch. Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend! :)

Ophelia said...

Gosh...it is all so wonderful!!!! Your faces are awesome!

Buffy said...

Your suzi faces are adorable,love the red heads hair. Too funny that you did it upside down but it gives it character. I love the moleskin too and I was just like you trying to be real careful with it,it was just to nice to mess up but now that I have messed up in it a few times and have lace and ribbons hanging out of I love it even more. Oh and I love your cat too!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

You have been one very busy lady. Your faces are amazing. I can't draw a thing, and I sure appreciate those who can.

I got my first computer in 1983. It didn't even have a hard drive. I had to laugh at the modem and the cost to download. In 1981, I suspect everything was stored on tape. Great oldie.

lynnekovan said...

Love your cat picture and what you have done with it. I'm new to art journaling and will keep looking at your blog for inspiration. Love your art!

BlueRidgeLady said...

Really loving your faces! Beautiful work and the sunflower collage is gorgeous! I have a Moleskine that is about half done. You can't ask for a better journal to collage or paint in, even upside down! Sounds exactly like something I would mean to do too!!!

carriejoy said...

So neat--- I just love your blog!

Betzie said...

Love your art Diane and always fun to see what you have been up to!!!
Your faces are just gorgeous in my eyes...and I just got a moleskin a few weeks ago as well. It is hard to dive into it though and start...mine is still blank. I have so many other things going on and am in a collecting phase right now. Suzi sure is right about art supplies being like "crack"!!! Thanks for visiting me!

Linda said...

Wonderful work Diane...your faces are coming along beautifully. I love the recycled/embellished art - and thanks for the great clip.
Love
Linda
PS I'm very touched by your thoughtful comments on my blog.X

Julie-ann Bowden said...

Love all your art, you are just sailing through and making so many beautiful creations!

So exciting!

Hugs!

Julie

Janet said...

Your faces are great! I just signed up for Suzi's class but I'm just getting started. I also love the cat picture....I'm a cat lover! You always inspire me to try new things.

Kelee Katillac said...

Hi Diane!

So nice to meet you and thx for the stop by!!!!

Your art is just wonderful the colored pencils really bring to life the graphite! I am taking a fashion illustration class...they are great to keep you "alive"..

love new friends!

kelee

Julie-ann Bowden said...

Thank you so much Diane, so pleased you clicked on the larger image. I love doing this with everyones art too. See all the love.

Hugs!

Julie

Lori Saul said...

Wow- so many beautiful art works to see here. The faces are wonderful and I love the altered art and journal pages as well. Very multi-talented indeed!

Funky Art Queen said...

I really love your faces. I need to take some classes too. Is the class expensive? I really like your blog!

Martha Lever said...

Your faces are just wonderful. The little red haired girl is precious. I have been trying so hard to make my girls look younger but they all come out older. I can't figure it out! ARG. The cat is fantastic and the Youtube is so funny. We'll come a long way, baby!

TonyaA said...

Lovely creations!
Blessings, peace, and love!
Tonya

Deb Harvey said...

Great post, as always! I really love your Suzi faces, and your card town is amazing! So full of color and fun...!!!

tammy said...

OOOh, I love the red hair with the green eyes. Very stunning. Great start to your journal.

Marlynn said...

You know, your cat and birds would work wonderfully together. Love your Suzi Faces! Thanks for stopping my the breeze. I'm sure 50lb overweight Marie appreciates it toooooo. LOL

Marlynn said...

Hey, sorry, Diane, I had to leave a second comment. My altered personality made me do it. The word verification is: pooty

I can't resist my little pooty petunia! Obviously I have been Oliver-depraved for too long here. xoxo

Flor Larios Art said...

I love the collage with the flowers...it is very rich and textured. Love the colors. It is so alive!

Megan Hoover said...

Loving all your art!!! I am CRACKING up at the video. That is soo hilarious. Thanks for the funny start to my morning. I needed to laugh!

Gina Lee Kim said...

This is an absolutely fantastic & beautiful post Diane. Gosh. So much to comment. The gorgeously rendered faces. And the innovative way you "fixed" up the cat frame. Thanks for sharing your creativity.
p.s. I laughed at the youtube video. Oh my goodness!

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