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Wednesday, January 16, 2008


Self Portrait - HB pencil - approx 30 mins

I do believe there is a smile going on in this one folks!

The sketch below was created by first using watercolour, then outlining in pigment liner...A first for me, as I usually sketch in ink first then add the watercolour.

Journal page - Pigment liner & watercolour


Anonymous said...

Geeeezzzzzzzzz Anita! Every time I see another of your self portraits I think...."I've GOT to start doing this!!" your expertise just grows and grows with each pencil stroke! Even your eyes are smiling in this one! deni.......;)

Anita Davies said...

Bless you Deni, thankyou so much. I have to say I am noticing an improvement myself. I seem to be giving myself less of a hard time now, I guess due to the fact that when we first start studying our faces we see all of our faults/worse bits and have difficulty getting past them. I feel I broke that boundary a little recently. I am so pleased you see the smile in my eyes too, I have always smiled more with my eyes than my mouth.
I am really happy with the eye distance in this one and the width of the nose bridge, I tend to make my nose too slim and my eyes a little too close, the best part of all this is that it is just evolving from me...I'm not conciously thinking about correcting it, my hand and eye are just getting better aquainted which is exactly what I was aiming for...It's nice when a theory works out!
I intend to keep plodding on, why not join me?

Joan Y said...

Yes, yes! I can see the smiling eyes! I just had to stop by to see the infamous Anita smile! :) Like I said before, you are my inspiration and I will have to attempt another self portrait soon and perhaps this next one will be truer to life ... flaws and all ... or maybe I will learn as you have and break through that hurdle! Thanks so much for sharing. Pretty smile, btw!

Anonymous said...

I like the way you've use the pen so lightly, it works really well.

Joan said...

Anita, I like the smile on your lips and in your eyes in this portrait. I also like your still life with the frames. It's interesting that you changed your method for this one. Didn't it seem strange?