We’ve got house guests again, but I’m keeping up with the self portraits. Clockwise from the upper left are 365:9 — my house shoes, 365:10 — sticking with the fine point marker of the previous portrait, 365:13 — inspired by my morning’s success at life drawing group, and 365:11 — a blind contour drawing in black followed by another in green and then colored in in a few places just because I felt like it.
In the weekly drawing sessions I attend, I enjoy drawing the longer poses (20 to 30 minutes) in charcoal and chalk on kraft paper, so I figured I should try that at home too. I am quite happy with 365:13. My favorite part of my self portrait? The chin/neck area that is only defined by the dark hair shadows.
Speaking of the hair, I find that it is always in my face. I get to drawing and each time I look up my hair has redefined the contours of my face. There’s also so much of it that I get tired of drawing it (you’ll notice it always sort of trails off in the drawings). The hair has a definite impact on my portraits. Therefore, I must feature the hair. So, I pulled out my trusty iPhone and amused myself by taking photos of my hair from as many angles as I could manage. The next day, I started combining them in photoshop and decided I liked these two together (365:12).
I was still having fun playing with the photos and a few filters in Photoshop. It’s not earth shattering or cutting edge of Photoshop capabilities, but I like it, so here’s self portrait 365:14