Project 6 Exercise 2 – Your own head
Another interesting and very enjoyable exercise – I placed a large mirror in front of me and had to make my drawings in the evening with an absence of natural light. The light was from my left reflected against the wall using a bright LED spotlight. In addition there was light from above to give me light to work.
These were my quick studies and the larger one on the right looked a bit like my nephew – so starting to get a likeness. I omitted to measure – just drawing fast.
To achieve a better likeness, I drew a construction in my sketchbook based on the guides on page 109 of the course notes:
I used my pencil to take measurements of key features of my face in front of the mirror.
This then helped in making my second self-portrait – this time in pencil and watercolour:
Watercolour is a medium that I love and want to develop further in POP1 if possible (alongside gouache/indian ink) – this portrait is a good likeness and it helped having the measurements. My wife and other colleagues at work all confirmed this for me.
The portrait benefitted from good lighting, and my use of pencil (4B) and watercolour with limited palette worked well – I was too heavy with the pencil around the mouth and the area around my Adams apple did not look natural. I do not have curly hair but this is artists licence!