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 […]
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.
This sketch does not echo my mood, but is instead, an exercise in portraying a facial expression. My mind is on my brother Mike, who is in the hospital.
The inked pencil sketch looked better than the final watercolored version. I may have given myself an overly broad shoulder on one side. Also, I do have to practice rendering shadows in watercolor.
I improved a bit with today’s self portrait. I augmented the pencil sketch with inked lines for shading and definition of edges.
I’m told that the eyes and the mouth are not right.