I’m surprised as anybody about the way I look from the side.
Although this is a self portrait, I don’t think it looks like me. I think I look like one of the Japanese actors in Kurosawa’s The Seven Samuri, with the bad bald wig.
I concentrated on proportions in this sketch. I wonder how many more expressions I can come up with.
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 […]
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 […]
I was trying to capture my smile. Mind you, it wasn’t a Mona Lisa smile, but an in-your-face, definite bold smile. I will cop to a few technical issues: 1) The pencils I used were too soft; 2) I did not keep them sharp; 3) I should have had a higher resolution photo from which […]
I’m trying different expressions and, in this sketch, more shading.
The thing about quarantine is, one runs out of things to do. I’ve run out of subjects, so I am concentrating on self portraiture. This one needs a bit of improvement. I hope that you, dear readers, bear with me while I improve my skills. I’ll try to keep things interesting.