Monday, February 2, 2009

Petite Dolls Workshop












I joined Suzi Blu's Petite Dolls Workshop, so I've been working my way through the lessons. I began doing some practice sketches of eyes and getting the shape and placement correct, head shapes, head tilts, lips, gesture sketches, shading and blending. When I felt confortable with the beginning level, I moved on to sketching faces, drawing and shading and blending the eyes, and working on hair styles. Suzi is a great teacher, and her pdf's and videos are uplifting, entertaining, extremely instructional, and fun. She makes each step look easy, with the emphasis on practice, practice, practice. So far, I've been sketching on paper, but I'm ready to try sketching on a piece of birch playwood and then using a woodburning tool to outline the doll. I'll use watercolor pencils and acrylics to shade and paint the doll. I think one of the most important things I've learned from Suzi is to take chances, and that it's ok to mess up or ruin a piece because it's part of the learning process.

19 comments:

TattingChic said...

The doll sketch turned out really cute.
Thank you for entering my tatting giveaway for OWOH! Good luck to you. I hope you do learn to tat someday! :)

Linda said...

Francine!! You're back blogging!! How are you? It's been ages since we've talked.

I love how your girls came out, just lovely. Glad you are enjoying the class. I had a fun time with it but I need more practice.

Linda

caren said...

Francine ~ Thank you so much for entering my giveaway and your nice comments.

I am interested in the class you are taking - looks like fun. I visited her workshop. Is it fun or really hard?

Clevelandgirlie said...

I'm a huge Suzi fan. I too am on her Ning group. I love what you are doing so far. Press on!

Jann said...

You're doing a great job! I can't draw at all! I love the name of your blog--very sweet. Smiles, Jann

My Journey to Hope said...

Thanks for your sweet words on my blog! I love your art, too. The big eyes always draw me into a picture, like I can see the soul.

Good luck in the giveaway!

-Michelle

Francine Cronos said...

Sugar Lump Cuties ^_~

KARA said...

Wow these are great, you have a great talent.
Thanks for entering owoh giveaway.
Kara
x

Anne said...

Hi, Francine! Love what you've been doing in the Petite Dolls class! Look for me on Suzi's Ning site. I'm "prospurring"! And thanks for stopping by my blog during One World - One Heart! :-)

Linda said...

Hi Francine - thanks for visiting my blog....you are in the draw. We must have met before, I did the Suzi Blu workshop when it first started and I also belong to the Soul Journal group with Kathryn. Your drawings are great!
Linda :-)

catieann said...

thank you for visiting my blog and entering my giveaway. I loved your sketching you are doing so well!!
catie

Lorri Lennox said...

Wow, I love your blog and am now following you :)
Thanks for visiting my blog and entering my giveaway.
I think you are doing fabulous with the Petite Dolls :)

Christy said...

love your little pettite dolls!

Mar said...

your dolls are coming along fabulously
i did this workshop but i haven't finished my painting yet
happy valentines day

Lisa said...

Suzi's workshop sounds just like I expected it to be. Wish I could take it. Maybe next time! Your sketches are great. Can't wait to see it on birch. :)

Lady North said...

Happy Valentines to another SuziBlue fan! Hers was the first art blog that I truly loved and you are right, her vids are great!
I also wanted to tell you that I love your blog header, the turquoise blue just sings!
Blessings.LN

KathrynAntyr said...

Happy Valentine's Day.

{soul hugs}
k

Thauna said...

Happy Valentine's Day! Your sketches are wonderful!

Sandy..... said...

Your faces are beautiful! Keep up the good work~!