Quarantine Portrait Series: Self Portrait From Memory

I’ve done a lot of self portraits from my photos since Covid lockdown of 2020 began.  Today process included sketching the facial features that I remembered from my meticulous observations of self portraits past.

Quarantine Portrait Series: Portrait – Relaxing

I did not use a photograph for today’s sketch. This was a lesson in dealing with a live subject with uncontrolled lighting. The likeness is fair, as I didn’t have a picture to study minutely, but there is a learning curve for this type of drawing upon which I just embarked.

Quarantine Portrait Series: Self Portrait – Neutral

Yesterday I mentioned the work of John Coplans. He did a series of photos (that I admired) showing his aging body. I thought that I would explore a similar project through my series of self portraits. However, there are some differences that may make this impossible. First, photography, although not strictly objective, is more objective […]

Quarantine Portrait Series: Self Portrait with Double Chin and Jowls

I leaned over the camera for the reference shot to this quick sketch.  I wanted to see the weight of my face.  I also got to see my double chin. My dad had a double chin; s I only see my double chin now and again.   For some reason, as I posted this latest […]

Quarantine Portrait Series: Self Portrait, 3/4 Practice

I need practice sketching profiles of faces that are partially turned toward me.  The terrain of the far side of the face, is like a crescent of the moon, but it must be matched to the more visible, near side for the portrait to make sense.  I’m also trying to make sense of my wrinkles, […]

Quarantine Sketch: Draped Bust in Context

I cropped yesterday’s photo (Draped Bust) purposely to create ambiguity: Was the sculpture of drapes, or was there an underlying sculpture covered by a drape?  The sketch below is a sketch of the uncropped photograph.  

Quarantine Portrait Series: Self Portrait, Tilted Head

I’m having fun renewing my acquaintance with sketching. Just a few pencil strokes can shade more effectively than spending lots of time carefully perfecting dark-to-light gradients.  Now, my challenge is to tighten up on the spatial relationships among facial features. If you look back on other quarantine self portraits in this series, you can see […]