After all, who doesn't love a baby face? So cute and full of wonder. For a time I delved there but then I realized that with all a baby's healthy plumpness and hidden depths I couldn't find the "points" of perspective I needed in order to render the faces the way I wanted. Their "cuteness" was getting in my way of seeing where I needed to go.
By this time I discovered another thing about myself - I like the irregularities of a face. I still couldn't find the depth and perspective in the classic Beauty as I could in the face of the Beast. As I was so often told, "Art is in the eye of the beholder" and for me it was in the unusual that I was looking for.
Here is where some of my fun lessons I have learned come from. Looking into the faces of the "ancient" or older people. Their faces reveal the many paths they have traveled.
As I create the characters of my Village Council, starting with Snoop (the Earl of Grey), I hope you understand that it is more than just rendering a doll but also trying to capture that magic of a road well traveled. There is wisdom waiting to be tapped into. Stories to be revealed and a twisted sense of humor that the old have as they look back on youth. For I appreciate this road they are willing to reveal to me as I get older and can appreciate their stories. For yes, I would rather make the twisted old hag with a great character face, than the face of the Beauty... who by the way is still awaiting her "hero".