Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Scribble Friends

Alternate title:  Please Forgive Me

I have been a busy girl today, scribbling away.  Given permission to scribble you, my dear friends, I have been doing so and originally was aiming for two or three pictures of each of you but then realised I wanted to be able to get at least one of everyone onto a post tonight.

It is quite a challenge to make myself draw quickly when I am working with faces that are not quite so familiar to me.  I want to stop and go carefully but that isn't the point of a scribble portrait.  So mostly I succeeded in scribbling but if something was really astray I did erase it.  If I have given you a double chin or three eyes, please know that is kind of what happens with a scribble portrait.  Pretend I am Picasso.  Also know that you are all much more gorgeous in my eyes than I can make you on paper. Really, I feel like I should just fill a page with apologies.  So keep in mind that these are done fast.  Please.  Thank you.

Keit, you wanted big bouncy hair so I gave it to you but I much prefer your real hair.



Vix, you were the most challenging for me so I drew several of you and then I realised it looks all wrong without colour. 


Natalia, I started with you in sunnies and then had to do some with your eyes showing.


Curtise, you definitely look better than what I can manage on paper and next time I will get a bigger page to fit your hat properly!  ;-)



Angie, I am going to do more, but I started with this one from your profile.


Jo, I tried to straighten your halo but it just wouldn't budge!

Jayne, I will do another of you too but here is a start.

Jazz, I am sorry about the teeth.  Really, I am terrible at teeth and should practice more.  I will practice on you!  You are much better looking in reality and not half as demented looking.  ;-)



Fortunately for me I don't have to earn a living doing this!  I hope we are all still friends after this.  :-)

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  1. Right, there goes our friendship! :-) I love how people's faces are so subtly different and yet the same. You've managed to capture that really well! When I was at art school my teacher told us to close our mouths for our portraits because teeth are hard. So you're not alone. I love my scribble portrait, even if it does look a little demented ...I suspect like all good portraitists (is that a word?) you've captured my essence! I often feel slightly demented in this world :-D

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    1. You are such a good sport! If you are slightly demented I am sure that's what I like best about you! That and the fact that you have just called me a good portraitist.

      I love faces. I really do and I see so much beauty in them. I sometimes wonder if I stare at people. I know I am definitely taking in everyone's facial features.

      I've never been to art school but your teacher is right! I am determined to practice them though. Still I think I owe you a toothless portrait. LOL
      xo

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  2. Those are FUN!! And wow, you are so PRODUCTIVE!! :) It's a thrill to see myself scribbled like that. I like! :) I also like the 3rd one of Vix, the 1st one of Curtise and the last one of Jack. Jayne has this gorgeous curly hair just like on her photos! I think they all are fun and I thank you for that!!

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    1. LOL-well it's easy to be productive when these drawing are only supposed to take about five minutes each. I am glad you like your scribbled self. The ones you mentioned are the ones I prefer too. Jayne looks very glamourous with scribble curls! Thanks for being such a good sport.
      xo

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  3. LOL … I LOVE my picture … I really do … absolutely no apologies needed.
    xx

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    1. You were the easiest to draw because you look the most like how I would draw a girl if someone handed me a pencil and said , 'draw a girl'. I hope that is not an insult. You just happen to be one of the faces that lives in my head. Okay, the more I talk the worse it gets. Your face is lovely. I'm glad you love it. :-)
      xo

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  4. You are amazing! I don't know one of the subjects but I'm off to check her out!
    I recognised Curtise in her hat immediately and the way the first one of Natalia is holding her head is spot on. I'm very flattered by mine, I shall wear my hair up today, as it suits me in art! xxxx

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    1. You are so sweet. Yes, do check out Keit. I adore her! Your face fascinates me because it is naturally very soft and pretty and when you style yourself you like to go for a dramatic edge. This set of contrasts was really hard for me. I suspect I will draw you a lot in m y attempts to capture this.
      xo

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  5. now you made me curious!
    very interested to see how you see me.
    (ok.- there is a little bit of fear too ;-) )
    will cram out my old fashion scribbles - and maybe post them....
    xxxx

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    1. Of course I will render you ugly too! No fear needed! You are very pretty and I will not be able to make you as pretty on paper as you really are. I do hope you find your fashion scribbles. I'm sure they put my efforts to shame!
      xo

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  6. hOWWWWWWWW FABULOUSSSSSSSSSSS
    Don´t forget to join Share-in-Style: pink on Saturday the 10th
    Love and sunshine
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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    1. Lots of fun! Pink on Saturday...I'm sure I can manage that!
      xo

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  7. All your subjects will still be your friends!!

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    1. Thanks Sue! This is a lovely, gracious and forgiving bunch of women!

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  8. Oh my goodness! how brilliant! am I too late for the party? bugger! *must try harder* - you have worked blooming hard here, all the gals look great! I'm taken with Jo's, so good! Curtise pic 1 and Vix pic 1 and Natalia pic 3 are all amazing too! (I have done well to only do half a swear word, in my head I used the F bomb, to highlight how cool they all are!) x x x

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    1. You are not at all too late. The princess always arrives last, no? I will do my best to make you as pretty and adorable as you really are.

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  9. Bahahaha! This is so cool! :D I'm thinking of printing these! The me with bouncy hair looks like a crazy pop singer :D

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    1. LOL-yes it does look like a crazy pop singer. I really like your real hair so I'm sure I was biased in making that one. ;-)

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  10. How fun!! I think they turned out great. Our dad paints, and he can't do teeth either, so there is a wall in their house that is all the paintings he did of our family, all smiling without teeth!

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    1. I am always torn between wanting to practice teeth and not wanting my subjects to look quite so hideous as they will if I give them teeth. That's so funny about the family paintings. I would definitely do that too! Not wanting to do teeth is why my self portraits always make me look so serious.

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  11. These are brilliant, Shawna! I think Jo is especially good, and Jayne, you've captured their essence well. And Natalia too. I actually think the first one of me is more of a likeness, I look quite sweet in the second one (and I'm not!)
    Do more, do more, they are fab! xxxx

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    1. Thanks Curtise. Brilliant, perhaps not but fun, yes! I agree with you about yours. I posted all my efforts but the non-hat one is more like you. On the other hand, I would argue all night that there is a sweetness in you that others see and you deny. LOL I have more people to do and will of course take another crack at everyone here. And these are just the scribbles. I will eventually get to the colour.

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  12. Portraitism: Something that you can really get your teeth into. :-)

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    1. Just sink the teeth so far in that I can't see them and don't have to draw them.
      xo

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  13. Shawna When I felt so close to you and your blog was for a good reason. You are such a giving supporting person! Look whatyou have done! You touched so many of us with your paintings and you strenthen our community. I adore what you made for me and I can't thank you enough for your generosity and great ideas!

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    1. Angie you are so very sweet and kind. I am glad you like your drawing and I will hopefully do a better job of it later when I make a coloured and more careful one. Thank you so much for you kindness and support!
      xo

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  14. Shawna these are amazing, what a great talent you have. I love the different takes of the same person, each one capturing a different essence of them. I just showed your drawing of me to my daughter who was amazed and recognised it was me immediately.
    I must echo Angie's words as well, it's so sweet of you to do this and even though we live all over the world, your talent and kindness brings us all closer together. Thank you xxx

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    1. I'm glad you like it and that your daughter recognised! I am so happy to have people willing to let me draw them and share it, because I have so much fun and love the practice. Eventually I will get painted ones done. I need to buy some more paint! Thank you for your sweet, kind words! It means a lot to me to be so well encouraged!
      xo

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