Face Making

Artist Gwenn Seemel’s bilingual blog about art, portraiture, free culture, and feminism.

Portraiture: this category of my blog includes articles and videos that talk about the genre of portraiture.

Rage drawings / Des croquis furieux

2018 . 06 . 04 - Comments / Commentaires (3)

Darth Trump drawing Gwenn Seemel

A treatment for depression. Un traitement pour la dépression.

Feeling the harmonies / Ressentir les harmonies

2018 . 04 . 23 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

couple love art

A video about words that make images stronger. Une vidéo à propos des mots qui rendent les images plus fortes.

“The people who don’t get it can catch up.”

2018 . 04 . 11 - Comments / Commentaires (5)

Amy Sherald

Amy Sherald is getting some pushback for her portrait of Michelle Obama and I love the way she’s handling it.

Why artists need so much validation / Pourquoi les artistes ont besoin de tant de reconnaissance

2018 . 04 . 02 - Comments / Commentaires (4)

Gwenn Seemel's art

And why we often don’t get as much as we need. Et pourquoi souvent nous ne recevons pas autant que nous avons besoin.

Painting in a traditional realist style is like doing a cover song.

2018 . 02 . 26 - Comments / Commentaires (11)

A video about why I love Amy Sherald’s portrait of Michelle Obama.

[version française]

Peindre dans un style réaliste traditionnel, c’est comme faire une reprise.

2018 . 02 . 26 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

Kehinde Wiley Barack Obama

Une vidéo qui explique pourquoi j’adore le portrait de Barack Obama fait par Kehinde Wiley.

[English version]

Brilliant letter

2018 . 02 . 08 - Comments / Commentaires (0)


What writing to art historians taught me about being an artist.

All art is political. / Tout art est politique.

2018 . 01 . 02 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

dog painting by Gwenn Seemel

This video explains why. Cette vidéo explique pourquoi.

Painting the naïveté of men / Peindre la naïveté des hommes

2017 . 12 . 18 - Comments / Commentaires (2)

Anita Hill painting by Gwenn Seemel

A portrait of Anita Hill as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. Un portrait d’Anita Hill comme Dorothy dans Le Magicien d’Oz.

The grid method for transferring an image

2017 . 10 . 23 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

painted portrait

This video explains how I use it.

[version française]

La technique du quadrillage pour transférer une image

2017 . 10 . 23 - Comments / Commentaires (0)

Gwenn dans son atelier

Cette vidéo explique comment je l’utilise.

[English version]

Patron of my art

2017 . 09 . 12 - Comments / Commentaires (5)

Gwenn Seemel

One of my earliest and most supportive patrons died a couple days ago.

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My name is Gwenn Seemel. I live on Long Beach Island in New Jersey, USA. I’m a full-time artist who blogs in French as well as in English. More...

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