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
The classic androgynous bald person drawing Artists have been doing this drawing for hundreds of years I guess. Most of the proportions ofthe human head were worked out during theRenaissance, and by and large they appear to be right. Of course you’ve got to bear in mind that we’re dealing with what you might call
Ninth in the series – a self portrait a day until Christmas. This was so very nearly a good drawing. Before this drawing, I did a sketch based on the correctproportions of a head, adrawing that artists have done for many hundreds of years. Coming across these proportions has been something ofa minor breakthrough, I
Eighth in the series – a self portrait a day until Christmas. I did some very careful measuring in this one, which is largely why its a better likeness than the others,a better drawing all round in fact. Careful sighting and measuring appears to be more accurate than the grid,for self portraits anyway. Themeasuring exercise