In my first travel sketchbook I didn’t draw any faces. I mostly drew landscapes or scenery around me. In fact, during the first year with my watercolors (Sept. ’16 – Aug. ’17) I painted six faces total. It’s no wonder that faces feel so tricky (eyes especially)!
That’s why in August of 2017 I decided I’ll paint 100 portraits. I didn’t give myself a deadline, but one portrait per week often felt like a good pace—when I was in a grounded season with good mental/physical/spiritual health.
In June of 2020 I decided to paint faces of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) folks for the remainder of the project. I painted #100 on November 1, 2020!
And hey, want to start your own personal project? Here are a bunch of ideas!