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No Page Wasted

After doing my last self-portrait with the new markers, I noticed that I’d been a little careless and let the ink bleed through to the next page. Usually I avoid this by popping in a piece of scrap paper behind the drawing I’m working on. I thought about skipping to the next page so I would have a clean sheet, but then I realized the blotches didn’t really matter. They would probably get covered up anyway. And so I drew right over them. I guess I’m mentioning this because it’s important to work through mistakes and see situations like this one as opportunities. It made me think a little more about composition and how I could include the blotches so they would be less noticeable. Be adaptable.

Selfie 5

You can see a bit of the bleed-through next to my chin, though the rest of it is pretty unnoticeable. I’m starting to get a better idea of how to use the markers. They’re forcing me to think in strictly dark and light, which will help¬†better my oil work as well. But because I spend the majority of the time sketching and working out the base drawing, I spend little time actually using the markers. It will be a while before they feel completely natural. They feel good so far though.

I’m a little behind on achieving a drawing a day. Been so busy. I’m not worried though. The goal was to get 365 drawings done in 365 days. Perhaps I’ll wind up with a day where I can crunch in a bunch. For now I’m focusing on two or three a week.

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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.