Review: "What's in a Face?"
It's been a few months since I started taking Mystele Kirkeeng's "What's in a Face?" class. I have been wanting to write a review of my experience from the start, but I made myself wait so that I could work through the assignments at my own pace.
To begin, I'd like to show you a small selection of my face-making skills prior to taking the class.
As you can tell from the images, I had difficulty with a number of tasks. I made the shape of the face too large and round, I often skipped creating ears all together because I was never happy with them, and my hair looked nothing like how it should. Creating shadows in the correct places was equivalent to performing a complicated algebraic equation; it all seemed to go over my head.
I knew I needed help and I was so excited to discover that Mystele was creating a class to provide creative guidance.
The next four images were all created through assignments from Mystele's "What's in a Face?" class. One of the exciting things that I discovered was that I didn't have to create faces that looked realistic. What a concept to wrap my head around!
Creating realistic faces was the whole reason I signed up for the class, and Mystele certainly presents the necessary information to build those skills, but I found that I also had an interest in making quirky faces. Mystele presents a technique called abstraction that makes this a fun process.
"What's in a Face?" was available with live instruction at the time I took the class, but it is now available only as a self-guided course. Once payment is made, you'll receive an email with a link and password to the site where the class videos are presented. There are also links to download the videos so that you can keep them for life!
Mystele is a fantastic teacher. She presents easy to understand information in a way that gets you excited to try things out and experiment. She brings humor and a jovial attitude toward sharing her experiences with art supplies. Mystele is not afraid to make a mistake or change things up from one moment to the next, and I learned how to start letting go of the need to create perfectly. Art is meant to be fun, and Mystele's assignments are more like a chance to play rather than homework.
This review is provided through my own experiences with the class. I was not asked to post this review. I am not receiving compensation or goods in exchange for a positive review. What I have written is my honest opinion of the class and the experience that someone will receive.