Thursday, 11 October 2012

Face Forward...


So, I had an idea and for it to work, I need the help of my online art friends. A couple of weeks ago, I was visiting Ileana of Arroz con Mango and saw that she had completed another amazing portrait, this time of a friend of hers - she has such a gift for portraiture. I left a comment about it and said that maybe we could do some sort of art swap where we do portraits of each other. Honestly, it was an off the cuff comment purely because I selfishly want her to do a portrait of me but then she replied and said that she would be interested in participating in such a swap and that, yes, she would do my portrait! I've been mulling over how it would work and so decided to test the waters by mentioning it here (hijacking Paint Party Friday, sorry Kristin and Eva!)

Now, I’ve taken part in a few blog hops and used the blog link thing but I have no idea how to go about setting up such a swap. But before I get bogged down in the technical details, I thought I should put the idea out there and see if anyone else was actually interested in joining in.

The general idea is sort of like the whole concept of 'Pay it Forward' except this is more of a 'Paint it Forward' and being about portraits I thought I'd call it 'Face Forward':-

1. People initially leave a comment on this post saying if the idea tickles their fancy.

2. If the response is positive I then find out how to set up a link that people can join and a set a closing date for participation.

3. Either the participants can be paired off so that the same two people paint each other or it can be even more random so that you might not necessarily paint the person who paints you - let me know in your comments which you would prefer and we can decide from there (of course for this to work there sort of needs to be an even number of participants!) 

4. Folk can each then contact their Face Forward portrait subject and arrange to email photographs to each other to work from. They can be done in any medium/style/technique - there are no restrictions so if you want to go all Picasso, make a collage or turn your portrait into a caricature or whatever your own artistic style is, then feel free!

5. Once everyone has been paired up we can then set a deadline for the portraits to be completed by, then post them to our own blogs and link them back here so everyone can see the results.

I’m not normally a people portrait artist. I have done a few although as anyone who reads my blog knows the faces I draw tend to be covered in fur! Still, I'm looking forward to challenging myself by doing a portrait of a face I haven’t yet seen - if you're like me then you choose what you're going to paint/draw based on your own interests and inspirations.  I thought this would be a good way to stick to a set subject but still give free rein to your own personal artistic style. There are so many different types of artists out there and I think it would be interesting to see what folk come up with. Plus it's a good way to get to know other online bloggers and we all end up with a portrait of ourselves!

Let me know if you think this is a good idea or a rubbish one and please tell me if you can think of any way it might work better – I’ve never done anything like this before so all helpful comments will be gratefully received. 

By the way, we're off to London on Friday to visit my sister (and Kayak down the river Thames - trying to avoid falling in and getting dysentery!)so if I don' get round all the PPFers at the weekend I'll definitely visit next week!

27 comments:

  1. Well I think this is a FABULOUS idea! I only wish I had the time to be involved, but it very much depends on when.
    At the moment I am absorbed in bears and glass and also a commission (portrait) I have picked up in the last week. I'm also off on holiday for 2 weeks on the 21st. So - honestly, now is not a great time for me. That said, come January when Christmas is over and things are less busy, I might well be able to join in! :0)

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    1. its great that you're so busy with all your different art projects. I'd love for you to take part though so depending on the response to this I'm sure we could sort out a time frame that suits!

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  2. What an AMAZING idea! I have been so incredibly busy of late- BUT- my art exchange is ending soon, so I think I could definitely make time for this! Please count me in!
    Oh and I might be interested in a print of your cow painting- I think my Dad would LOVE for Christmas!

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    1. I'm delighted that you want to be a part of it Stephanie! And I'm super pleased you think your dad would like a print of my cow! I've put it up on Fine Art America now which might be the easiest way if you did decide to get a print!thanks!

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  3. If anyone out there likes my style I'd like to play. It would be very caricature!

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    1. I love caricatures-most of my portraits turn out like that even if they aren't meant to!

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  4. If anyone likes my style I'd like to be a part of it too! I like a challenge and I've been involved with a swap art thing before - it's great fun!

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    1. great! I love your watercolour landscapes and wildlife so it will be brilliant to see your portrait style!

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  5. I'm out, on account of the fact that I'm an idiot, but it will be fun to watch

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    1. ha John, an idiot you certainly are not! i would love to see your wonderful detailed style of a person in stead of a place - do you ever do portraits?

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  6. Sounds like fun! Count me in ♥

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  7. I'm in! (And would love one of Ileana's portraits myself!) One idea is to use Mr Linky to sign-up people and then pair them either by numbers (like 2-4, 1-3, 5-7, 6-8 etc) or if there are few enough and mailing costs are an issue for some to pair by location. You need to figure out something on the email addresses though as many people are "no-reply" bloggers and spam increases if you just put your email address into a comment.

    Have a fun kayak! Hope you get decent weather.

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  8. Have fun in London. Sounds like fun. I recently did a portrait of Lisa Dinunzio, hope I spelled her name right. Sorry if I didn't Lisa. I'd like to join but time is of the essence right now. Have fun!

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  9. The PIF is always great fun and wish you a great time with it. Have a smashing weekend. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  10. What a great idea. Something tells me the end of the year would get too crazy for most of us, but it could be a great way to kick the winter blahs in January or February.

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  11. I like your face forward logo. I'm afraid I'm out. I would hate to do a portrait that someone felt was insulting to them. I do drawings of faces all the time but I just don't have the confidence to try a complete stranger's face. But good luck. It will be interesting to see what comes of this.

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  12. In the words of Duncan Bannatyne, Peter Jones et al.... "I'm in!"

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  13. Well, thanks for the sweet mention and as you know I will gladly participate and it will be an honor to sketch you. Btw, if everyone is too busy this time of year maybe we can set the deadline for January. Whatever works best, as you say. Enjoy your getaway and PLEASE be careful. Stay out of the water!!! :)

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  14. I think it sounds like a great idea... not sure I have time to take part though... will depend on the time... and people should be warned i am kind of rubbish at portraits... but maybe it is time to dive in... will be interested to see the dates...xx

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  15. What an inspiring idea! I am not at all a portrait painter so I am not comfortable joining in but I would love to see what people create! Happy PPF!

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  16. That is a great idea! I'm not confident enough to join in though. :) Have fun at your sisters! And to answer you question on my blog post, the background are napkins I glued to the painted background. :)

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  17. It's a great Idea and I will visit the artists for sure!! But like Natasha I'm not confident enough to take this on!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  18. Lovely idea and I sure look forward to seeing the results. Don't know about joining in though. Especially since I really don't need a portrait of myself ... And I've no idea whether my drawing would look alike. If i use a photo as reference, i always try to make it look different .... I think you'll get a lot of people signing up though!

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  19. This is a lovely idea - I would love to see the results. Depending on when you decide to host it, I will definitely sign up! Great idea + good luck! x

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  20. I think i would really love to make time for this one, count me in!

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  21. This is certainly a great idea. I just wish I had more Day in my Time. Blessings, Janet PPF

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