Posted 17th January 2006 This one is a more economical drawing than the last one. Once I’d done the outline, in the same wayas the last one, I had half a mind to leave it with no shading at all since it looked kind of completeas it was. When I did put the shading in
number 1 number 15 This is a wrap up and review of my project, a self portrait drawing aday for 20 days. What did I learn? Did my drawings improve? I missed five days, so only fifteen drawings and not twenty. Today I gotall the drawingsout and put them up on the wall side by
Fifteenth in the series – a self portrait a day until Christmas. Fifteenth drawing and the last one. For this one I intended to do the same thing as yesterday but to finishthe drawing more. Everything was done the same as yesterday’s, I just worked on it for longer, about four hours this time.That’s the
Fourteenth in the series – a self portrait a day until Christmas. Back to charcoal for this one, which is feeling more and more like home turf. The mid toned papermeans more work in the highlights, I used a white pastel this time instead of conte. It’s a bitsofter and more forgiving, not as loose
Thirteenth in the series – a self portrait a day until Christmas. My goal with all these portraits has been, and will continue to be, to draw what I see. But I’m beginningto wonder if that’s a realistic aim. Sargent said “I do not judge, I only chronicle”. That’s what I’mtrying to do too. But
Twelfth in the series – a self portrait a day until Christmas. It never ceases to amaze me how different these self portraits can be, one from another. I guess it depends on manythings, like the quality of the light, the materials I’m using, whether I’m on the boil or not on a particular day.
Eleventh in the series – a self portrait a day until Christmas. Five days and no self portrait. Not good, but sometimes life gets in the way. Of course that means that I’ll bedown to 15 drawings at the end of the project instead of 20, which is disappointing, but it can’t behelped. I did
These were done one after the other. The first onetook about an hour and a half andis the worst of the three, both from a drawing and a likeness perspective. The second one took abouthalf an hour, looks a little bit like Michelleand is (for me) the nicest drawing of the three. Number three took
Posted 15th December 2005 Tenth in the series – a self portrait a day until Christmas. Same pose, different day. Half way through now, so I’m glad that this one turned out ok. It didn’t come easily though, this is thesecond one I did yesterday, the first one is in little pieces in the bin.
Common proportions of the head used for laying out a portrait I’ve just been reading chapter 10 of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, where author Betty Edwards gets her students to draw their first self portrait. I must admit I haven’t been following every exercise in the book, but have followed a