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 – 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: Self Portrait – Caught in Headlights

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 […]

Quarantine Portrait Series: Self Portrait with Baseball Cap

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.