|A three minute portrait sketch.|
I thought you might like to see the result. It is a self portrait, a very bad self portrait. My pencil was in a cruel mood, I really do not bear any resemblance to this chap, who if you ask me looks a lot like Dr Harold Shipman, the mass murderer. Also I have made myself look old and decrepit, when the reality is that I am extremely well preserved and youthful in appearance. Of course I realise that I could have kept drawing until I produced a true likeness, but that was not the point of the exercise. The actual point is... Look to be honest I don't know what the point is. But it is a fun thing to do.
Do you want to have a go at drawing a self portrait? No? Oh well, in that case I'll wish you good night.
But just in case you change your mind, here is how to go about it. It is quite fun.
Sit yourself in front of a mirror with a pencil and piece of paper, and copy what you see. You should start with the left eye if you are right handed or vice versa if left handed. Once you have begun to draw you must not lift the pencil from the paper until you have finished. No cheating now, keep that pencil moving. Using this method leaves lots of lines all over the place and I think makes for a very interesting portrait. You must work quickly, do not stop if you think you have made a mistake. Hold the pencil loosely and just keep the flow going. You are allowed three minutes to complete your masterpiece.
|Me. Pretending to look old. A difficult skill to master.|
Oh dear God! Is that me? Do I really look that old? Here is a photo taken just now. I do look old, but hey I'm not downhearted. I just need to trim my beard that's all, and of course the lighting is terrible. Also it should be remembered that the drawing is a mirror image. There must be some distortion in the mirror glass, and as for the photo well they always distort self images don't they? Don't they?
Maybe artists block and writers block have teamed up tonight, with photographers block tagging along for the ride.
I'm off now. I need my beauty sleep. Badly. Goodnight all.