whimsical face in soft pastel by Cristina Parus @ creativemag.ro
Art Journaling

Why I draw whimsical faces

Canson mixed media art journal @ creativemag.ro
  Art Supplies / Materiale de pictura

Well, what’s with all these imaginary characters (whimsical faces)? They are a free and unhampered expression, with no expectations regarding the final result and certainly a practice very relaxing to me.  

Selfie - Documented life project January 2014 - by Cristina Parus @ creativemag.ro
                  Selfie / Autoportret  – Documented life project January 2014 

And you probably wonder why I like to draw whimsical faces and what’s all about them. The truth is that all started back in 2012 when I did an online class with Andrea Gomoll. This was only the beginning and soon I started to realize I can draw almost everything I want, be it real or imaginary. So I started to search more over the internet about whimsical faces and discovered all kind of blogs. I saw many drawing and painting styles, I’ve tried those who were appealing to me and inevitably I came back over and over again to one in particularly: my own style. Over the years I have developed a drawing and painting style, a certain way of filling in the pages with color and expressing myself through art. 

Why I really love to draw from imagination:

  • I don’t have to follow any model
  • I let all come to me from my imagination
  • The face doesn’t “have” to be in a certain manner
  • There is no pressure about the final result, and that is why there is no stress
  • I don’t have to follow strict rules regarding the proportions and shapes – my girls can have disproportionate features
  • It allows me to be a child again: I don’t need to create a masterpiece, I just enjoy the process!
  • Whimsical girls will look just the way you want them to, because they are your creations, born from your own imagination!
You can create whatever you imagine - art journal page by Crisitina Parus @ creativemag.ro
Drawing and painting on a spread / Desenand si pictand pe doua pagini alaturate

De ce desenez fete whimsical?

Ei bine, ce-i cu toate aceste personaje imaginare (fete whimsical)? Ele sunt o expresie libera si neingradita, lipsita de asteptari in ceea ce priveste rezultatul si cu siguranta o activitate foarte relaxanta pentru mine.

Si probabil va intrebati de ce-mi place sa desenez fete whimsical {imaginare} si care e faza cu ele. Adevarul e ca totul a inceput atunci cand am urmat un curs al Andreei Gomoll. Acesta a fost doar inceputul si in curand mi-am dat seama ca pot sa desenez aproape tot ce vreau, fie ca este ceva real sau imaginar. Asa am inceput sa caut pe internet mai multe despre fetele whimsical si am dat peste tot felul de bloguri. Am vazut mai multe stiluri, le-am incercat pe cele care ma atrageau si am revenit inevitabil mereu si mereu la unul singur: am meu personal. In timp s-a format un anume fel de a desena/schita, un anumit fel de a asterne culoare si a ma exprima prin arta.

De ce-mi place sa desenez din imaginatie:

  • Nu trebuie sa urmez nici un model
  • Las totul sa vina din imaginatie
  • Fata nu “trebuie” sa fie intr-un anumit fel
  • Nu exista nici o presiune in ceea ce priveste rezultatul final, si tocmai de aceea nu exista nici un stres
  • Nu trebuie sa urmez reguli stricte cand  vine vorba de proportii si forme – fetele pot avea trasaturi disproportionale
  • Imi permite sa fiu copil din nou: nu trebuie sa creez o capodopera, doar sa ma bucur de proces!
  • Fete whimsical pot arata fix asa cum vrei tu pentru ca sunt creatiile tale, nascute din propria ta imaginatie!


26/30 portrait challenge by Cristina Parus @ creativemag.ro
   Horns and wings / Coarne si aripi

Some of the girls have horns or….wings. Some appear to be rather timid, others are very mysterious. Anyways, they are unique and every time I look at them I remember the moment I drew them. 

Unele fete au coarne sau…aripi. Unele par mai timide, altele sunt foarte misterioase. Oricum ar fi, acestea sunt unice si de fiecare data cand le primesc imi aduc aminte de momentul in care le-am desenat.

whimsical face in soft pastel by Cristina Parus @ creativemag.ro
whimsical face in soft pastel / fata whimsical in pastel cretat

So what’s on your art journal today?

Asadar, ce-ai desenat azi in art jurnalul tau?


Pe curand,

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