Saturday, February 04, 2006
Second attempt at self-portrait in ink
Second attempt at a self-portrait in ink 4.2.06
Again for my drawing in colour course
Those of you who know me might actually recognise me in this one. In attempting this version, I went with the philosphy of "why make things difficult for yourself when you can make them easier?"
ie. I drew this from a photoshopped photo of myself, to help me work out where the lines and tones would be. Then I drew an outline in pencil and did the rest using dip pen and ink (even though a regular fine nibbed pen would have worked just as well), and black marker for the hair. I think this drawing is a lot better than the first one. So I didn't follow instructions to the letter for this assignment, but does it matter if I made a better drawing and learned something in the process?
My tutor's comments: I think that your two self-portraits using pen and ink (this one and my first attempt) are the two most interesting drawings submitted for assignment 2. It is their uncertainty that I like, they seem to me to have an intense engagement with the subject, a searching for the self in external appearances, that is perhaps most evident in self-portraiture.