Self-portrait (1 of 2) -(150313)- Black biro pen/A5 sketchbook


London, United Kingdom

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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.


What I tried doing this time; was first to draw an egg shape; and, then, started filling this egg shape in; starting with the eyes, and, therefore, going from the inside of the egg shape; then, working down nose/mouth/beard; then, coming back up, again; forehead/head hair; finally, I added the ears.

You see, one of the major difficulties I have is leaving things out; such as the rather boring forehead; this means my proportions don’t look right? However, by starting off with an egg shape; and, then, having gone and placed the eyes right in the middle of the egg shape; then, that means my proportions will tend to look a lot more correct.

Anyway, this is just ‘one’ method I use when trying to draw a head; using the egg shape as a kind of scaffolding method on which to build further.

The other method which I usually tend to prefer, is to use what I call the ‘adjacent/adjoining’ method; which is choose a particular part of the head, say an eye/ear/nose/etc.; it doesn’t really matter which part you select, first; and, then, just connect everything up from there through using ;sight; as your guild; it’s just like putting a jigsaw together; where one piece goes next to the other piece; until when finally the whole entire jig saw has been built up. Using this latter method, however; means you have to judge the paper size/positioning of the form upon the page way ahead of time; otherwise, as you very slowly build things up…then, you might suddenly find you’ve run out of paper room; and, thus, very important parts of the head might actually get left out?!

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