12 Oct


At the end of tonight’s life drawing session at Swansea Print Workshop, our model asked if she always looked ‘cross’ when she posed. I don’t think she looks cross at all, so I explained about what younger people call a “resting bitch face”. I roared with laughter when I first heard that phrase, but it really does sum up what happens when our faces relax. I’ve drawn hundreds of people and it isn’t possible to keep a natural smile going for very long, then our faces relax down into “resting bitch” mode. She has a great face, strong, formidable, full of character. I drew onto my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet with a free Markers app.

7 Responses to “Formidable”

  1. Louise October 13, 2017 at 09:28 #

    funnily enough at a recent life drawing session, the model drew me in the break. I was smiling a lot because I thought it was quite a funny situation but she I look quite cranky in the drawing!

    • Rosie Scribblah October 15, 2017 at 07:25 #

      Hahahaha. If I smile for more than a couple of minutes, it looks like a rictus grin 😬

  2. Emma Cownie October 13, 2017 at 08:59 #

    Do men have “resting bastard faces”, I wonder?

  3. outsideauthority October 12, 2017 at 23:10 #

    I qas born with that expression and have never been able to shift it. Oh to be a smiling, sunshine person!

    • Rosie Scribblah October 15, 2017 at 07:23 #

      Hahahaha. People ask me why I don’t do self portraits. It’s because I look so fierce when I draw 😁

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