Todays edition of my daily doodle, I chose to keep my doodle in black & white and using a simple bird design. I found my inspiration from a Google search I did for "Black & White Bird Drawing" and found a lovely black & white bird illustration from Shutterstock - A place I have purchased images in the past for my Graphic Design work. I just LOVE the images they offer up on their site! They have some talented artists who supply images to them~ that's for sure.
Anyway, as usual, I chose to put my own twist on the design tonight; I just like to share with you all where I find some of my inspiration to perhaps help all you out there find some new resources that inspire your own work.
As I mentioned, tonight's doodle is solely in Black & White and thus, I used Wolfe Black & White, along with my favorite Royal Majestic Round Brushes, My Ultra Fine Wolfe Round Brush that came in the Wolfe Essentials Palette (Anyone know if Wolfe sells just the brushes they put in their palettes? I could use about 10 of these.), and lastly, my not-so-great-for-face-painting Liquitex Basics Synthetic 1/2" Flat Brush. (It works great for acrylic paint, just not so well for face paint.)
I started with laying down some white with my "not-so-great-for-face-painting" flat brush as a base. The brush worked well for this as I was simply laying down a white background on my arm. Then came the tedious work of all the black line work that took me about 25 minutes. After that, I went back in and touched up some of the white areas, cleaned up any rough spots from the black linework, and, "Voila" I was ready for my photo shoot.
The down side of being sick this past week and having to paint on my arm is that my skin is always much rougher on my arm than it is on my face, especially because I always clean my arm with an alcohol based sanitizer before I start painting ~ which REALLY dries it out. Designs can get a bit crackled looking in places, and if the brushes are loaded a bit too much, the pigment can feather a bit. (Let me tell you, I can't wait to get back to painting on my face~ It will be a joy!)
Also something to note, I have found that it's not as easy to paint on your arm as it is to paint on your face because at times, especially for all around designs, it's almost like painting upside down combined with a backwards twist. It can definitely wreak havoc on your neck. I think painting on my leg is easier than painting on my arm actually... Perhaps something to consider in the future... Hmmmmm....
Enough of my banter...
Here are some pics of tonight's doodle:
And, there you have it... A fun black & white bird design with lots of dots and swirls. :) I have a busy week ahead this week, so I will likely take the easy route and work on some basics for my doodles over the next 3-4 days due to my time restraints. Though... come this weekend, I'll definitely be back with some super fun doodles ~ and some Face Doodles at that! (I have some stencils coming my way this week and I'm SO EXCITED to try them out! I have never used them before and it will be a nice chance to share my newbie "first ever stencil experience" with you. :)
I hope this is finding you well & enjoying your week. I look forward to your comments, feedback, ideas, inspirational resources, etc., etc., etc... Don't forget to click on that Facebook button below to like & share Fantastical Faces on Facebook~
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