Date: Thu 14th March 2013
Medium: Blue biro pen/A5 sketchbook
Description: Self-portrait before mirror.
This time I decided to work very slowly, and, gently. I think, the end results are a lot better, now; with the lines appearing so much softer.
Not that I’m saying I got it right, yet?! To tell you the truth, I just can’t figure out why every single time I try drawing a self-portrait; it actually seems to look like being somebody else, instead; my own feelings are that, possibly, deep inside of my head…I got this idea that I look ‘different’ from what I actually do look like in real life; and, so that would explain why no self-portrait I’ve drawn to date does tend to look anything like me.
Or, maybe, it’s just that I keep on having loads of difficulties attempting to go translate 3D form; onto a 2D flat sheet of paper; so that’s why It don’t look like me. In the which case, I figure I might go take a photo of myself; as photos are flat 2D; and, then, try drawing myself from that; just to see if there will be any improvement; will a drawing from a photo look a lot more like me as being seen in ‘real life’?
There are 2 dense ink spots being shown on the left side cheek, near the eye socket; one of those was an accidental ink pen leak/the other was meant to show an actual facial spot. Yes, I really do believe in showing ’"wart’s ‘n all"; a lesson perhaps learned from looking at Rembrandt’s own self-portraits; which is a book I always keep right near to my bed.
Another huge problem I had was not knowing exactly where to sign it…??? As it is I feel I signed it all wrong; the large signature at the bottom; which is drawn somewhat crookedly, as well; is VERY DISTRACTING from the actual drawing itself. I’m going to have to figure out how to sign drawings far better.