Quarantine Portrait Series: Self Portrait with Crooked Mouth

It dawned on me that, since I am doing pencil sketches, I should use sketch paper instead of watercolor paper.  In defense of my watercolor paper choice however, I had been planning to tint my sketches; watercolor paper is good for that. Of the face parts, mouths and noses are the most difficult for me […]

Quarantine Portrait Series: Self Portrait – Grimace

I used different pencil grades on this self portrait. I began, as has been my habit, on the left side of the page with a very sharp number 2 pencil, on the ear.  This lessens the the smearing. For the dark areas, I used a number 6 pencil, which is very soft. I also made […]

Quarantine Portrait Series: Self Portrait – Squinty Eyes; Lower Lip

I had a sharper pencil than yesterday.  It really makes a difference. Issues to overcome in the next sketch: 1) shadowing in low contrast areas – the left side of the face was uniformly darker and less detailed  in the reference photo; 2) subtle shading differences of large areas – difficult to achieve; 3) rendering […]

Quarantine Portrait Series: Another Hospital Visit with Mike

This is the second day in a row that I saw my brother Mike*. I saw him yesterday, but before that I hadn’t seen him since 2013 at his geriatric group home. Now he’s in hospital on the east coast and I’m on the west coast. Mike is nonverbal, low functioning and autistic. I almost […]