It’s day 24 of the Find Your Art Style Experiment and as I mentioned yesterday I had an epiphany Saturday night.

Sketchbook Face Doodle

sketchbook face doodle

I had drawn this little face doodle with animals around it and then I listened to The Creative Pep Talk podcast where they were talking about Venn diagrams. They’re those circle diagrams where you find bits that overlap.


venn diagram

Anyway, I must have been thinking about it in the night as I woke up thinking that maybe there was a way to combine the face style that I like with my characters in one image. So I decided to test the theory.

Thumbnail Drawings

I found a reference image I liked and started by doing some thumbnail drawings. This was to work out how a face and characters could interact. I thought it might be fun if the little characters were helping him with his cool hair do. I like the square format so decided this was the format I would use and crop my painting down later.

thumbnail drawings

I used gouache paints again for the face, but I really wasn’t sure how I was going to treat the characters. In the end, I decided to keep them as mainly line work using a pen, but I did overdo them a bit.

gouache painting

There is definitely something i like about this. The things I am not quite sure of are the treatment I gave to the characters, the plain background and the gouache. Perhaps something similar might work, but done with Neocolor pastels? What do you think?


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