Vanity compels me to post self portrait number two. This one looks so much more like me, and so much better than portrait number one.
While I’m at it, I’ll post a few more. This one is pretty and I had fun with the colors. it’s not quite me though.
Back to the smooshed nose and funny mouth of #1, but I wanted to try adding my hand. There will definitely be more of this. One can never draw too many hands, They are hard and require lots of practice. Eyes do too. Eyes are fickle because one errant line can change a whole expression. Using the oil pastels has been hard regarding eyes. I definitely can’t get in with enough detail, and I can’t erase those misplaced lines. I’ll do some work in pencil and concentrate on eyes, but for now, I’m having fun with the fat juicy color and looseness of the pastels. I plan on taking them to life drawing class and trying whole bodies.
Speaking of life drawing, I seem to be collecting a series of “Nudes in Chairs.” I kind of like where this is going. I’m out of Kraft paper though and will need to get more if the series is to continue. I also took a look back at some drawings I saved from art school. They are very careful, softly shaded colored pencil drawings not all that different from what I’m doing now. Either I have not grown or evolved much in the last 25+ years, or I have a voice to which I have not been giving enough credit.