30 Faces in 30 Days

 Face #1  Close up

Are we really in February already? Jeez, can't life just slow down for a bit, not for long just like uhm a month? That would through off many things wouldn't it? Eh worth thinking about for a minute. Anyway, I've decided to do something this month to keep me on track. Will it work? Keep me on track that is... hmmm, dunno but I am willing to find out. In order to keep me drawing daily I have decided to create 30 Faces for the month of February. Why? Why faces? Why a month?...

Face #1
charcoal on tinted paper

 Faces are difficult to draw and I am so ready for the challenge.

The only way to improve as an artist is to practice, practice and practice some more.

 It's a good warm up and will help me loosen up for the rest of the day.

 Sticking to faces will challenge me to play with different perspectives, compositions and explore different techniques.

 This will push me to try different styles too.

Depending on time, I hope to even use different mediums like; charcoal, paint, digital montage, paper collage, markers, watercolor etc.

Creating a face for 30 days will provide me with loads of ideas for future pieces.

More importantly, this will be fun!

Did I mention I will try to have a time limit to drawing daily? I will attempt setting a timer although I have NEVER been good with time. I just get into it and sometimes can't stop myself. eek am I nuts? Yes. I've learned working from home is all about time management so in order to move on to many other pending things I will time myself or at least try (1-2hrs max).
I may not post my drawings everyday, to keep it open for other posts but I will post all 30 for sure.

I'd love to hear if you have done a similar challenge and what you thought of it? 
Fun? Stressful? 
Did you learn a lot?

Wish me luck my friends!


  1. WOW Ivy - good for you girl! I'm looking forward to see the results of this challenge... very different from your animal portraits, you are super talented. Keep going!!

  2. Thats quite a challenge! But looks like you are off to a great start, lovely drawing.

  3. Oh I love this portrait ! There's something about this girl in the drawing.. very intriguing ! Wish you good luck with the challenge and it's very exciting !

  4. Hi Ivy,

    What a beautiful start to your challenge... I look forward to your month of faces!

    I did a painting a day in November. I wrote a wrap-up post about my thoughts on the challenge if you're interested:

    Good Luck and Have Fun!

  5. Love this idea. Best of luck with this challenge! I can't wait to watch what you do... I really like her on the darker paper...gorgeous...Will you sell them? xo

  6. My GOSH, Ivy! She is a head turner for SURE! Beautiful the way you have captured her gaze and that slight pout of her lips. Man alive! Sounds like a fantastic challenge. AND you're giving yourself a time limit. Oooh, da pressure! :D February is an awesome month for challenges. Four clean weeks with no extra straggler days. Wooo! You go, girl!

  7. She is lovely. I did a 28 day create something daily challenge. I did it but probably;y wont ever subscribe to that again. Too stressful.

    Your first face is lovely.

  8. Nicely Done. I really like how you've done the hair.

  9. Thank you guys for your great feedback! I sincerely appreciate every word.

    Kristin, Oh WOW! thank you so much for sharing your link and experience. The post looks fantastic! I can't wait to read it :)

    Kathy L thank you for sharing your experience as well. I can see this being pretty stressful myself. I will try not to let this get to me and enjoy the process. Will let you know if I stress out too - although I already am. haha

  10. LOVE your faces -- awesome!

  11. Good luck Ivy! Such a good idea. I can't wait to see them all. Love the due on your first drawing. Is that you? Gorgeous!

    BTW, I saw a comment from you in "Get Your Paint On!" on Facebook. So glad to be in such talented company. You blow me away!

  12. Ivy, this charcoal drawing is so BEAUTIFUL! I am in Misty's class too...and loving faces! I love the depth...the look in her eyes. Makes me want to get my charcoal pencils out right now!

  13. Wow Ivy! All of your faces are GORGEOUS!! I only wish I could do what you do!

  14. Hi Ivy! This drawing is magnificent! Like a photo! Hope you are well.


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