LAURA JOHNSTON

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Bold-Haired Ladies

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I just finished day 207 of my 365 sketchbook project, and it's fun to see themes emerging as the project progresses. Lately I've been feeling really drawn to detailed faces with bold & simplistic hair. It's a sensible progression for me from my trend of creating completely bald ladies to ladies with just simple hair. I love the pop of color and interest it adds, or the sketchy look of leaving the hair as a bold, black outline with no filling. I've also noticed that I am completely enamored with circles, which I didn't even intend to show with these particular images, but you can see it nonetheless. 

Days 206 + 207. I used a photo by @emilysoto of @ninioma as reference for the portrait sketch on the left. Her work is INCREDIBLE. I'm really feeling these bold-haired portraits. ❤️😍

Days 206 + 207. I used a photo by @emilysoto of @ninioma as reference for the portrait sketch on the left. Her work is INCREDIBLE. I'm really feeling these bold-haired portraits. ❤️😍

Days 200 + 201. I used a reference from @kat_in_nyc for the portrait on the right. ❤️

Days 200 + 201. I used a reference from @kat_in_nyc for the portrait on the right. ❤️

Day 179/365. Acrylic.

Day 179/365. Acrylic.

Day 172/365.

Day 172/365.

Days 192 + 193. It felt weird not posting yesterday, but I like the way the full spread photos look putting two days together. What do you think? Went into my photo archives for the portrait on the right. She's a beautiful, creative, and good-hearted friend of mine who I miss shooting and hanging out with!

Days 192 + 193. It felt weird not posting yesterday, but I like the way the full spread photos look putting two days together. What do you think? Went into my photo archives for the portrait on the right. She's a beautiful, creative, and good-hearted friend of mine who I miss shooting and hanging out with!

These two are not part of my 365 sketchbook, just extras I worked on over the weekend.

These two are not part of my 365 sketchbook, just extras I worked on over the weekend.

I can see this bold-haired ladies theme morphing into a series of larger completed paintings or mixed media pieces at some point. For now I'll let it simmer and develop. 

If you aren't following along with my project already, I'm posting it regularly on Instagram! I've recently moved to posting the full spread every other day versus everyday, and I post many other creative things I'm working on in between. Let's be pals!