Self-portrait (2of 2) -(150313)- Black biro pen/A5 sketchbook by paulramnora

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Self-portrait (2of 2) -(150313)- Black biro pen/A5 sketchbook by 

DATE: Fri 15th March 2013
LOCATION: UK/London/Home
MEDIUM: Black biro pen/A5 sketchbook
TIME: 1/2 an hour
DESCRIPTION: Self-portrait done standing up straight in front of the bedroom vertical mirror.


This is the ‘close up’ version I uploaded; without the date/signature having been included.

As you can see, I went in far too dark on the inside topmost part of the ‘left’ ear; unfortunately, you cannot erase what happens to be ‘indelible’ ink; thus, when using pen…you have no other choice but to go live with every single mistake!

Also, if you look very closely in between both the forehead/hair; you can see the horizontal line which indicates the top of the ‘egg shape’ outline that I used to originally form the drawing on. I guess, in order for that line to disappear; I need to use pencil/rubber; or else, draw it in very lightly, indeed; so that when I go over it…it simply vanishes all on it’s own.


I still don’t like the work, overall; what I most hate about it is…it still looks very much like being a ‘drawing’; and, so, NOT ‘real’; how much I long to be able to draw ‘photo-realistically’; at least, once, in my lifetime…so that I can prove to myself that, yes, I CAN do it; otherwise, my ever reaching that ultimate end goal just seems more like being a total ‘dream’…?!


Man, whenever I compare myself with what other artists have done; such as those whose brilliant ‘master’ works I see on RedBubble; then, I say to myself ‘what the hell am I doing here for?!’ They are so many MILLIONS times better than I am; that I just don’t ever see myself as being able to reach their ability level; might as well quit! But, then, I just tell myself, no; that’s not the way to go; I do art…not necessarily with the single aim of achieving possible ‘perfection’; but, instead, I mainly tend to do it, quite simply, because I ENJOY doing it; I need to be able to express myself; and, art is all about giving one an outlet for self-expression; that’s the real reason why I continue to exist here while being in pure ‘amateur’ mode.

NAME: Paul Ramnora
AGE: 51
LOCATION: UK/London (born/brought up/living)
INTERESTS: General Art(s), General Computing/Programming, General Education/-etc.
LEARNING DISABLITIES: ADD/Attention Deficit Disorder, AS/Aspergers Syndrome
NOTE: I’m mostly a self-taught artist. I like all arts: drawing/painting/sculpting/origami/writing/-etc.

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