Thursday, January 12, 2012

Paint Party Friday: Colorful Characters

Thanks to everyone who visited last week as part of Paint Party Friday!  I tried to visit as many of the participants as possible, although blogger seemed to be eating many of my comments.  I really enjoyed the link-up, and I'm back again this week with two more characters.  For these, I wanted to make the faces more colorful (last week's all had fairly true flesh tones), and I really liked the results. In comparing with last week's faces (here and here), these seem to have more character and depth. I think it's a result of my growing confidence.  I want to try something similar using acrylic paints, instead of watercolors.
It's funny, I've always said that I don't like working with watercolors. But what I should really say is that I don't like working with traditional watercolors.  These paintings were done with twinkling H2O's and a water brush.  I'm curious about what other water color and brush combinations people use and like - please share your recommendations in the comments.
And thanks for stopping by!

37 comments:

Geri Centonze said...

I really like the use of color in these pieces. I would love to try the twinkling H20's! Happy PPF

Netty said...

Loving your new people and think the colours are terrific. Happy PPF, x

RobanStudio said...

I like the colors as well. Never heard of twinkling h2o's. Sounds cool! Happy PPF. :-)

Sunshineshelle said...

Love the colours, I realise when I'm using acrylics for some reason I often use ultramarine blue for shadows on flesh :) Happy PPF :) It was a fun visit!

Mandy said...

oh...i love your characters...so cool...xxx

Sian said...

The vivid colouring really had me stopping for a closer look!

Alison said...

Love your colours...and the caption under the second one!
Alison xx

Pointy Pix said...

I'm very curious to know what twinkling H20s are? I love the colour in these faces - it looks great!

SHERI C said...

Looks like you are having fun with these creations. Don't be afraid to try new mediums. Since I discovered PPF, I have dabbled in all kinds of new mediums. Fun!
Happy PPF!
Sheri Cook
HappyHorseStudio

art2cee2 said...

Love your people...they have such personality! :-)

Carol L McKenna said...

Lovely dynamic and colorful creations! ~ Hmmm ~ watercolor paints I tend to use are Koi water colors ~ pan vs tubes are my choice ~

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

Oooh...I love these, Rinda. I'm so happy that you are sharing your sketches of faces as you progress through this class. It's easy to tell by looking back through your posts, how your face drawings are developing and your style is emerging. It's awesome! I look forward to seeing more face drawings from you in the future.

(LOVE that Paul made your sketch his profile picture on Facebook. Awesome!)

Gloria said...

Well done Rinda. Love the coloring. I never hear of twinkling h20's. Am going to look that up when I leave here. I use mixed colors for skintones. In the mail yesterday my Shiva oil crayons arrived and will soon try those. There are so many mediums but you can try the:

Caran DAche Neocolor II Watersoluble Crayon Set of 10

for a watercolor look. Too many to mention. Go to online art stores and you will see. Nice job on your work. I like how your girl is saying, "where are my clothes?" tee hee.

Daniele Valois said...

I am so drawn to the first portrait. Wonderful!

NatashaMay said...

They look so much fun to draw. :) I actually started with acrylics and went onto the watercolors. They were the scary part for me. :)

JKW said...

I like the looks of them. You gave them depth. Blessings, Janet PPF

Robin Panzer Art said...

Wonderful expressions! I mostly work with traditional watercolors with an occasional foray into twinklings. I do like working on wet paper though. ~Happy Paint Party Friday #2 Robin Panzer Art Studio 33

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Very nicely done! I love the second one!

Gloria said...

Rich colors, and the lady with no clothes made me laugh!

Christine said...

nice work on the faces!

BlackPumpkin said...

Cool colors and great job!

Mary C. Nasser said...

I agree with what you wrote...that these faces seem more confident and filled with character and expression! :)

I've got to get me some of those twinkling H20s!! :)

Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

Pam Tucker said...

I love your work on the faces! Each one is unique and has their own personality! I'll have to dig out my Twinkling H2O's. I forgot all about them. The color in yours is wonderful!

You might like to try Caran D'Ache Neocolor II's. They are awesome and last forever! :)

carlarey said...

I love painting faces with "unnatural" colors, it really makes you focus on the features and the structure. these are great.

Carol said...

Love love the color in your faces this week!!!

Beadwright said...

I too really like the color in the faces. It brings out the are from you. Great job.
Nicole/Beadwright

Terry said...

Love the colors and those faces are incredible! I just laughed at the "Where are my clothes." Have a great weekend! Blogger is at it again with the comments or I should say IE!

Carola Bartz said...

So you're also still working on faces - so do I. That class was great!
I do like watercolors - I actually like the little cakes. I once bought them to take them with me on our trips, and they turned out fine. I recently bought some watercolor pencils by Faber Castell and I LOVE them. I use them a lot on my girls. The caran d'ache water soluble crayons are wonderful as well.

*jean* said...

watercolors are so different than acrylics, it takes much practice to get used to them...for me, it's all about the pigmentation...i don't care for WC pencils at all...what i like to do is buy ONE new medium and try it out before i buy more...that way you know if you like it before you spend a lot of money on a set...and sets by different makers can be tested by buying ONE half pan...i love my sennelier WC's but i don't like the windsor/newton pan sets but i like the WN tube colors...and acrylics are so versatile they can be watered down just like wc's...happy PPF, rinda

Kristin Dudish said...

These are great - It is so fun to see the additional colors! (Frequently I use whatever is closest on my desk when I'm ready to add color! Ha!)

xo
Kristin

Linda R. said...

These look amazing to me.. I am really new at painting.. And it is so fun to see everyone's creations here at PPF.

Kristin said...

Ooh, these are great!!! I would love to try the twinkling H2O's too - they look so beautiful.
I am in love with Caran D'Ache watercolor crayons too - they are addicting, xoxo

Heather said...

These are wonderful! Very colorful! I use Caran D'Ache Neocolor II. They are a little pricey but they just are so much fun. Happy PPF!!

The Mann Fam said...

I've been enjoying your many faces. I would have never thought of doing scribble faces. Well, actually, doing any kind of drawing/sketching terrifies me. That is something thing I hope to get over as I would really like to learn how to sketch.

Have you tired watercolor pencils? I like using them.

MollyGirl said...

I love the vibrancy in this set of faces. The strong colors are wonderful.

E Makes Art said...

Hi! Great colors on these and the caption under the right one cracked me up!! I don't use regular watercolors, but I love using watercolor crayons. Fun!

Also wanted to say thanks for visiting me for my first PPF... I know I'm late getting back, sorry!

xoEsther

peggy gatto said...

wonderful!!! I love your scribble faces too!
And fyi, you can never have enough stamps!!!!!!
thanks for coming by!