On a whim I setup my mirror and started a self portrait today, I didn’t plan on doing much with it, but I’m very happy I continued.
I setup my mirror and started a drawing. Originally I was thinking I would setup the mirror then begin a drawing after my crossfit workout, but for some reason after I setup the light I was intrigued by the shapes of the shadow on my face. I always like working in sanguine on newsprint so I pulled that out and just started sketching.
It didn’t take long before I was deep into a drawing. I finished my entire head in sanguine then I wanted to see what charcoal pencil would look like over it. Mainly I wanted to try building up the shadows and background with tight hash marks. After about a half hour of working I had to run to crossfit.
My hair was down when I started the drawing, but when I got back from crossfit my hair was up, I was getting ready to take a shower after my really tough workout but there I was standing in my boxers captured by the drawing, continually working. I drew for more than an hour before I was satisfied enough to take my shower.
You can’t really tell in the photo but I darkened up the shadows around my eyes and throughout the head. I really like the scratches of charcoal pencil in my beard, I’m reminded of portraits by Van Gogh. Maybe one day I will attempt to paint myself like Van Gogh did.
You never really know how great a master painter is until you attempt what they have accomplished, its hard to do, mostly it fails and you have to weather a huge blow to your psyche.