I’m struggling with self-portraits. The root of the problem seems to be that I don’t actually ‘see’ myself – the curve of my eyebrow looks nondescript, my mouth is generic, my eyes seem to shape-shift. Careful pencil drawings haven’t given me results that ring true so I decided to try making loose, quick ink sketches. I thought this might help me find a more intuitive way of seeing and  allow me to capture some inkling of myself. The results:

Maybe in some future years, after I’ve put in more hours, dug deeper, learned to see better, this approach will work, but for now, it still doesn’t bring me any closer to making a self-portrait. And there might be another lesson here, one that has more to do with not always being in the background and half-hidden. Maybe in order to see myself, I have to want to be seen!

4 thoughts on “ Attempting self-portraits ”

  1. Look back them in a week or two, you may think differently. I have no tips to give as I too find self portraits nigh on impossible! There’s a specific nose shape and fuller bottom lip that seems to be coming through in each. I’m also amazed that you have managed the dinal one from memory!

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    1. I agree, Morris. But I also feel that the self-portrait is something of a tradition. I’ve seen so many delightful – and not necessarily anatomically correct – self-portraits done by artists at different times in history that I’d like to do one too. It’s something I’m working on slowly …..and yes, even if I’m not visible to others, I would like to be visible to myself!

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