Saturday, September 20, 2008

Fashionable lips

Phew -- a busy first week of teaching a new semester (and still two days to go before a day off to collect myself!). Tiring but very, very fun.

Today's class is a fashion illustration course for teens; we're starting with the face and features, so one of the exercises is filling a page with lips copied from magazine pages (example above). This gives students a chance to practice using colored pencils and markers, as well as learn the basic shape of lips. (We also do a page of eyes.) I've found it helps to give them a good grounding in drawing believable heads and faces; without that, the fashion figures they draw wearing their designs look less real.

We'll see how many of my new students are Project Runway fans!

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