Capturing expression is a real challenge in figure work. In my classes at Hipbone Studio, Jeff Burke holds emotional expressions for three to five minutes to give artists a chance to try to capture them. A lot happens to the proportions of a face with a smile, a scream, a pout, a laugh, a sneer. Look at your own face in a mirror and make a few faces. You will see exactly what I mean.
Katie is a young woman who can dish it out as well as she can take it. And she has a wonderful streak of mischief that I love to pieces. I tried to capture her sense of playfulness in this piece.
Mischief, 11 X 15, pastel