View Full Version : Triple Self Portrait - WIP

07-29-2009, 10:35 AM
In my summer drawing class, we were assigned a triple self portrait in pastel. My professor playfully suggested having one portrait in the middle being pestered by a "good conscience" and a "bad conscience," so I took him up on it. I spent Monday 7/27 working out the basic drawing in pencil. Knowing that the final piece would be 22x30, I did the pencil drawing 1/2 scale.

Since I can't upload to WetCanvas, here is a link:

On 7/28 I scanned in the drawing, and printed out a full scale version to trace onto a sheet of Lennox 100 paper. I had offered to use the traditional grid method for enlarging the drawing, but the professor said that using technology to make things easier was fine. For the transfer I rubbed compressed charcoal on the back, rubbed off the excess with a chamois, transferred the drawing, then began work in pastel. I'm working from right to left, since I'm left handed. This is how far I was able to get, and although my model doesn't have movie star looks, it still turned out all right.


07-29-2009, 11:33 AM
This is awesome! Great job and I love the concept and the drawing!


Merethe T
07-29-2009, 01:48 PM
Great concept, this will be fun to follow! The drawing is great! And you have a good start with the pastel....

To make it easier for other members to see your work I'll upload the images for you right here...



07-29-2009, 01:59 PM
Thanks, Merethe T. For whatever reason, I've almost never been able to upload pictures through Wetcanvas. I don't have that issue elsewhere. If anyone has any ideas that could help me, I'd appreciate hearing them.

Kathryn Wilson
07-29-2009, 02:11 PM
What operating system are you using? Mac user? Firefox? We need to know so we can help you solve this problem.

07-29-2009, 02:43 PM
Thanks Kathryn. Yorky is helping me with this. I can upload my images in a private message, but not in the forums. Windows Vista, Firefox, cookies enabled. That's my situation for the time being.

07-29-2009, 04:06 PM
i think this is great...can't wait to see the finished piece.

07-29-2009, 04:21 PM
This is great. I'm really looking forward to following this, thank you for your detailed description of your steps...I really love your working sketch, you really could have just framed that. :lol:

pastel lover
07-30-2009, 12:56 AM
What a cool assignment. Love your take on it...your "center self" is especially good.


07-30-2009, 04:17 AM
Last night I finished the middle head, which is supposed to look sort of clueless and goofy. It borders on caricature, but it's not. I can really look this goofy, without any exaggeration. And yet my wife still wants me ... amazing. The background colours were chosen to reveal the purity of the head on the right (light yellows, blues, vibrant greens) and on the way over to the sinister head on the far left transform into very sensual reds, purples and sick greens.

Still struggling with the uploader, so here is a link:



07-30-2009, 12:38 PM
these are great!

Merethe T
07-30-2009, 05:49 PM
Wonderful, gotta love the expressions - very cool concept! I love that middle face, just have to smile when I see it! Look forward to the third guy looking down... ;) The drawing is a piece of art by itself, great expressions....

As you see I've edited in your image for you... :)

07-31-2009, 05:34 AM
Thanks, Merethe T.

Here's the finished drawing from last night. Rembrandt pastels, touches of NuPastel, Derwent french grey pastel pencil & charcoal on Lennox 100 paper. I love the Derwent french grey pencil - it's a neutral colour that isn't really brown or grey or green, so it looks great over a variety of lighter earth or flesh tones. This photo was shot in the school spray room with my cell phone, but it turned out all right.


07-31-2009, 11:34 AM
Outstanding! I especially like the one in the center. Well done!!! Barb

07-31-2009, 12:21 PM
This is coming along great!


08-02-2009, 02:17 AM
Here's a version that I hope everyone will be able to see, instead of just a link. Thanks for the kind comments. I'm just tired of staring in the mirror!


08-02-2009, 05:20 AM
Fascinating concept. The goofy fellow in the middle is by far the most interesting character. Brings a big grin to my face.

08-02-2009, 05:12 PM
The goofy fellow in the middle thanks you!

08-02-2009, 05:44 PM
Very nice style.....terrific studies of the head. I like the images very much. Derek

08-07-2009, 01:56 PM
Good job !

08-07-2009, 10:11 PM
You did a great job!

Love the concept!


Merethe T
08-09-2009, 06:56 AM
It turned out wonderful, it's cool! Great concept, executed so well!

08-10-2009, 07:21 AM
Great concept and executed with skill, style and fun. Well done :clap: :clap:

Paula Ford
08-10-2009, 07:31 AM
Wonderful expressions!