This weekend, I decided to start something that combines two things that I've heard are good for art artists. For the next month, I want to do a sketch of me each day. It will be good drawing practice, and will challenge my creativity.
Since I want the practice to be interesting for me, I'm going to working from pictures and try to capture me at odd times and at different angles. The first image I used was a selfie I took very close up, and from an odd angle. Even in the photograph, I almost don't recognize myself. I like the attitude I have and the unusual angle, as well as the face that the right side of my face is so heavily shadowed. It adds a nice third major value to the piece.
The second drawing is based on a picture my husband took of me when I was sitting in bed and texting a sponsee (I'm in a 12 Step program and I sponsor). Arny has pictures of me talking to sponsees at monasteries, castles, beaches, etc., so he thought it would be neat to take a picture of me at home doing the same thing.
The third day's sketch of the challenge to myself is of me at a mid distance. It's from a picture Arny took of me at Longwood Gardens. (It's a world-famous ornamental garden within an easy drive from us -- I LOVE I can do that.) I am in a watercolor sketching group, and I decided to try out a technique I learned there and applied to a floral sketch I did yesterday. After I laid the basic shapes with pencil, I used washes to define and add depth to the piece. I then went in and used a Bick fine-line marker to give some final definition to the piece. I discovered something important for the future if I use that technique again. I did realize that the paper was still wet in the area of my face, so when I went to define my mouth, the ink ran --making me look as if I were trying out for the role of "Joker" in a Batman movie. I thought about the material I had and made a great discovery -- a combination of the the white (and later the orange) "Inktense" pencil covered a lot of the offending run areas. Yea! I like the wash and pen combo, but from now on, I'll either wait for the washes to totally dry or use a permanent marker. I'll periodically post my self-portraits over the month. Check them out!