Saturday, November 05, 2011
Life Drawing - Self Portrait #3
I thought changing the pose a touch my make me look more mellow and slightly less crazed as I get a little intense looking when drawing from life it seems. Especially a self portrait as normally I sing while I work but it is hard to draw yourself when you are constantly moving.
I started this drawing very differently than usual in that after the arabesque (the outline shape of the head) I blocked in the major shapes with dark flat graphite and then refined the features as areas progressed. I really enjoyed working this way and have seen it done many times but thought I would be too lost if I did not get the landmarks in first. I was pleasantly surprised :)
I would have liked to have it more refined and have the hair a little less crazy looking but I am trying to keep my sessions to 2 hours or less. I think the proportions turned out not too bad and it came more easily than usual so that is nice. Perhaps practicing more often (what a shock) really does work ;)
At the end of the session I stood up and saw a ton of flaws....always stand back and get a good look, I may need to tape that on my easel. I started standing at life drawing sessions with the real models and really like it so I need to try to remember to do it at home. Also I really want to try to use charcoal, graphite and white chalk next time if I remember.
I actually thought this project was going to be a chore but well worth the effort whereas I am actually enjoying the process so much I may have to keep doing these little drawings at least once or twice a month.