Quarantine Portrait Series: Self Portrait, Clean Shaven, Three Quarters Profile

I have difficulty with portraits where the subject is only partially facing me.  Most of the features on the far side of the face are hidden, and must be rendered as isolated lumps or bumps, with no visible connection to those which are visible.

Quarantine Portrait Series: Self Portrait, Pensive Mood

I broke the routine today, and put on my photographer’s cap, to design the self portrait below. Placement of the image adds to the mood of the photograph, or in this case, the sketch.  The way I framed today’s self portrait gives the image a claustrophobic feeling.  This is a good way to convey the […]

Quarantine Portrait Series: Self Portrait with Higher Resolution

Most (if not all) of my quarantine self portraits have used a photo booth (app) photograph as reference for my sketch.  Today I flipped the camera to selfie mode to take the reference picture. The resolution was much higher and I could zoom in for a close look at details.  One can tell from the […]

Quarantine Portrait Series: Self Portrait, Profile with Neck

Quarantine has limited my range of subjects to sketch (mostly me).  To compensate, I have been sketching photos of myself, taken from different vantage points, to try capturing facial features seen from a variety of angles, through shading and attending to relative proportions. I’m sure I can apply the lessons I learn from these exercises […]

Quarantine Portrait Series: Self Portrait, Half Silhouette

I was leaning over for this study. I wanted to try drawing my neck (such as it is).  However, what commanded my interest more was the half of my face in silhouette and the rim of my glasses that caught the light.

Quarantine Portrait Series: Self Portrait Looking Upward

I am looking forward to trying my ‘facial feature proximity’ technique on live subjects instead of my photo, when shelter in place is over.   It was a bit counterintuitive, when I noticed that my right nostril was really close to my right eye. It was even closer in the photo.  The lesson I take […]