22 Dec

365:8

One week in to this daily portrait project and I’m still doing it.

Some things I’m learning: I keep making my eyes and glasses very big (check out my nifty new glasses though!). The portraits are necessarily short (less than 30 minutes) otherwise I’d never have a chance to do anything else. Skipping a day is problematic because doing two in one day is tiresome (note the top two drawings — the left one is nice, the right one I aborted). Stopping mid portrait to let the kids in the house, answer the phone, or work on dinner messes with my momentum and pose and is therefore also problematic. Oh, and I have way too much hair to draw.

Some things others have noticed: I look grumpy. Will we be seeing 365 of essentially the same pose?

I’m doing these portraits from life. It’s not easy to strike a pose in a mirror and then leave the pose to look at the paper and then return to it to draw again, and so on. Smiling adds another degree of difficulty. Maybe I’ll include some drawings from photos. Maybe I’ll draw other body parts (I’m living in my cute mushroom house-shoes these days and have been tempted on several occasions to draw them). Maybe I’ll take a favorite drawing or photo and do several versions in different media such as stencils or fabric. I’ve got time — there’s still 357 days to go.

Just in case anyone was wondering if I’ve given up fabric and stitch, I’ve not. I’m working on several aprons right now. One is a reworking, two are new concepts.

Take two

One thought on “365:8

  1. I don’t know about you, but I’m getting more and more excited about the possibilities of your project. Yes, definitely take pictures of your feet within mushroom shoes! Who said self-portraits can only be of your face? (Oh, maybe you did, but I think expanding the notion of self portrait might be fun.)

    I also think the materials you use could make this really interesting. I love the contrast between the soft lines in portrait 5 and the more etching-like lines in #7. I think your glowing eyes in 8 are fun. What about doing portraits in unexpected colors? Your least favorite color? With your non-dominant hand? What about a huge one done with a broom (a la Jane Dunnewold in Creating Your Visual Language)? I’m so excited to see what you’ll do.

    AND, that sewing tease is fabulous, too. Can’t wait to see that apron.

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