Developing the Selfie

I think I’m going to try for 365 self-portraits in a year. It seems like a lot of drawing, but that’s only 45 mins a day. And it’s great practice. Starting with the last post and including this one, I’ve got 4 out 365 done already. Woo! That’s like, almost halfway there.

Selfie 3

I warmed up with a 40 minute sketch. I’m trying to keep my poses original so I’m not just drawing the same self-portrait every day.
Selfie 4-1Then I tried the techniques in this video using the supplies I posted in the last post. In order to get an idea of the shadows, I blocked them out before adding marker.

Selfie 4I’m really pleased with the results. There was a learning curve, but the whole process felt quite natural. I encourage you to watch the video and try out the process. Basically, the sketch is filled in with darks and then worked up to mid-tones, and finally to lights. The darkest darks are plopped in at the end because the original darks dry lighter. I’m definitely going to keep working in this style and see where it takes me.

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5 thoughts on “Developing the Selfie

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  2. I used to do this–or come damn close. Now I try to limit myself to one self portrait a year. A worthwhile project, but try to get other people to pose for you too!

    • What made you do so many self portraits out of curiosity? That’s impressive you were able to turn out so many. And yeah I’m definitely trying to get friends and family to sit for more portraits as well.

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