There is a mixed-media art revolution going on. And if you happen to be in it, you may have tried your hand at making mixed-media portraits. I have painted a few faces on my art journal and most of these are females. (I tried drawing a male face once and it ended up looking like a girl. What a disaster!)
There’s a plethora of mixed-media portraits on the Web and in social media. Some of these portraits tend to derive their basic composition from the works of Frida Kahlo. (You have probably seen a girl with huge flowers on her hair, yes?) I enjoy looking at these portraits and have attempted to make a few versions of my own. I still do.
Sometimes, though, part of me wishes to deviate from what is always out there. So I try to come up with something more distinctly mine — in an attempt to discover and preserve my own artistic voice. The faces that I make still look so much like the ones I’d drawn way back in high school. The only difference is that I now render my portraits with various mediums. And background elements are becoming more evident. When I’m unable to create a background, I draw and paint on textured environment. Wrapping papers are a favorite, as well as scraps of cardstock and old book pages.
I drew this girl on Korean-made wrapping paper and lined and colored her with Inktense pencils and acrylics. I also did some rubber stamping. For some time, I was tempted to doodle words and quotes on this art journal page. But later on, I decided to just leave it as it is. After all, I prefer to “finish” most of my artworks in one sitting. I enjoy spontaneity when I can afford it, and try my best to not spoil the beauty made out of it.
If you wish to learn more about making mixed-media portraits, you can begin with Mixed Media Portraits by Pam Carriker. This Craftsy eGuide on Drawing the Human Face* should help you get started as well.
Enjoy your art no matter what!