Jane Davenport has been invaluable to my journey of learning to draw and paint. I honestly wouldn’t understand faces the way do had I not gotten her books or taken her classes.
Her classes range from beginner to more advanced and they all offer something valuable. Her classes have lifetime access and an added bonus to that is when she updates them we get to go along, too.
My favorite classes of hers are the more technical ones with a lot of meat. While they are filled with her regular creativity they also stretch my skills and help push me to a new level.
Her most recent live-running class, Express Yourself, is just that. It’s probably her most advanced class because you need to know face drawing basics. In this class she dives into each facial feature and teaches how to draw them both realistically and whimsically before moving on to the main idea of using facial features to create expressions in our art.
I was challenged the first time I took this class and was challenged just as much the second time around . Probably because expressions are so vast and ever changing but also because I decided to use Procreate for this class instead of paint and paper.
It challenged me because I’m still learning how to use all the features of Procreate and Jane is all about mixed media, there’s no way I’d get by with one brush. It forced me into trying ones I hadn’t looked at before and to do that I had to let go. Some pieces came out terrible and some okay. None of them looked like they would have if I’d use paint and paper but I had fun and I did learn. I learned more about Procreate brushes. I learned more about creating a realistic face. I learned about setting perfectionism aside and letting things be.
Have you taken any classes lately? What did you learn from them?