In just 4 weeks of Natasha's drawing class, we've gone from shapes (square, rectangle, oval, varied) to self-portraits!
Portraits and figures are what I want to do. I've had some experience with both, but I sure do need a lot more practice practice practice.
Here's what I came up with.
First one, from a photo and just a quick sketch that wasn't going well so I gave it up and started over. Sweetie said, That doesn't look like you - you've made your face too round.
Second one, looking at myself in a mirror under a side light in the livingroom while sitting on the sofa - ugh! I HOPE I don't look that bad! Or maybe I do, since I'm still fighting a cough and tiredness that won't go away. YUCK!
I decided that, at my age, that I don't want to spend hours looking at myself in the mirror to draw a self-portrait - so I went back to a nice photo of me and set it up like a model in front of me.
So, third time, photo in front of me, measuring, starting out with my head in a box. Measuring. Measuring. Measuring. The drawing is 1 1/2 times the photo size. And still much more to fix.
Sorry this one is blurred - hard to get newsprint to photo well. And I don't have a moustache - that's just the beginnings of trying to shade. I let this one sit a while, walked back into the room and saw that the distance between my nose and mouth is not right.
More measuring needed. More changes needed. I imagine portrait artists who are trying to get a good likeness spend a lot of time on a portrait, whether it's in graphite, charcoal, or paint. But I feel like I have more aptitude for faces than I do for boxes!
Today is Week 4 of the class. Wonder what she'll show us today? Until then, I'll rework the last one a bit and see if I can make it look more like me. I definitely made my eyes too big in the sockets. I have little squinch eyes, not big eyes.