I'm rather pleased with this 10 minute self portrait for more than one reason, mostly the nose, symmetry and the fact that I am not frowning and don't look 103 years old.
Of course....that could all change tomorrow but today it seems my instincts cut me a break!
There is a reason behind my current time limits on self portraits and when Laura from Laurelines was kind enough to offer some constructive criticism on my Sunday self portrait, I tried to explain my plan to her:
"My aim is to be able to produce quick portraits like this regularly, then pick them to pieces, see my mistakes and hopefully improve so that I can train my hand to perfectly place features quickly. Hopefully leaving faults, working from instinct like this will give me plenty of references to look back over and detect habitual mistakes I am making so I can focus on them and improve. Speed isn't the important factor so much as hand-eye coordination - improving my vision and being able to reproduce that with ease. Working quickly just allows me to see how I work on instinct. It's a plan!"
I'd like to thank Laura for taking the time to offer her thoughts and suggestions to me in such a constructive and well mannered way. I whole heartedly welcome others to do the same, I believe constructive criticism to be truly beneficial and I know I would not have reached this stage of my abilities without such an honest, supportive start from the wonderful members at Wet Canvas and the constant chant of "DARKS" in the watercolour forum.
They encouraged me to walk one step in front of where I would have trodden alone.
Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man's growth without destroying his roots.
Frank A Clark