Tuesday, September 18, 2007
More Of Me
Charcoal highlighted with white Conte
Another study looking into a mirror. Much better proportions on the eyes although they are slightly too close together, still have that concentrated, ageing frown.
When I create portraits of others I tend to flatter them slightly, when I draw myself it's a whole other story! My Mum said I should add a photo of myself here so you all know I'm not THAT old and THAT scary so I added a photograph to my profile.
Since starting these self-portrait studies I have noticed they all look very different and yet, I can see me in them. Obviously my mood on the day alters the work or my focal point and all of the images together looking back at me felt like being at a party where I am the only guest, I feel I am meeting parts of me for the first time. It bothered me that they all look so different to start with but now I am seeing the benefits of repeatedly studying myself, something other than charcoal, paint or led transfers over to the surface, something from deep within, making the results more dimensional, more interesting than any other work I have created to date.
I thought I would be getting to know my face but I think I may also be getting to know myself a little better too.
Perhaps soon I'll cut me a break and create something a little more flattering?