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Old 04-04-2006, 10:07 AM
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Self-Portrait: End of the Day

I’ve always found that the better I know a person the harder it is to do a portrait of that person. It seems that my mind “knows” what the person looks like rather than letting my eyes “see” the person. And I end up struggling and not being able to get a likeness.

So I’m doing a self-portrait to work on this issue since I am the one person I have the most pre-conceived notions about and really truly “see” the least.

In keeping with the looser style of painting I’ve been doing lately, I just did a minimal sketch and then began laying down patches of color.
I did this from a mirror rather than a photo. If I’d used a photo, I would have gone through them until I found one that I looked good in. Instead I used the mirror and got what I got, forcing me to really look.

It does look like me a little but some of those preconceived notions did come through like the forehead is far too tall and the eyes are a bit too deep and too blue.
But overall for a first effort, not too bad but definitely room for improvement.

Any suggestions or criticisms appreciated for the next try.
9x12” oil pastel on paper

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Old 04-04-2006, 12:02 PM
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Re: Self-Portrait: End of the Day

Hi Ann. This looks nice to me. Yes, doing a self portrait is quite difficult as you have to paint what you are 'looking' at and not to whom you know. This comes along very nice as a first attempt in loose style. May I suggest if you add some contrast on the forehead with parsian blue shade. Its just my opinion.
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Old 04-04-2006, 01:17 PM
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Re: Self-Portrait: End of the Day

Ann, I like it very much... your style has a great relaxed exaggerated appeal. The eyes are large and the bottom half of the face seems narrow. I don't know if that is intentional, but I like it very much because it gives a sense of character.

For one of your experiments, try painting with your reference upside-down.

Great job, Ann!
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Re: Self-Portrait: End of the Day

Maria, thanks for the comments. I'm not familiar with that blue. Is it a warm blue or a cool blue?
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Old 04-04-2006, 01:30 PM
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Re: Self-Portrait: End of the Day

Joel, thanks!
The large eyes and narrow face were not intentional. I had a lot of trouble with the model. Every time I looked at my paper, she stopped looking out of the mirror at me! So I’d have to reposition. I think next one will be from a photo. And upside down sounds like a good way to make me really look at it.
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Re: Self-Portrait: End of the Day

Ann, its warm blue. You can use it in dark tones but very little. It acts like black, hehe, I hate when black ruins the painting.
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Old 04-06-2006, 02:16 PM
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Re: Self-Portrait: End of the Day

Before you worry about color, may I suggest that when looking in the mirror, you place dots of (perhaps) lipstick on the mirrow at specific points around the head. E.g., top of head, ear tops/bottoms, eyes, nose, mouth, bottom of chin. In that way, you'll always reposition yourself accurately!

This portrait has charm. I'd leave it and go on to the next!
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Re: Self-Portrait: End of the Day

Dana, thanks for the tip. Something to line up on would definitely have made this easier.
I'm thinking of doing several self-portraits to see if I can improve in actually seeing what I'm looking at. I think the next one will be from a photo.
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Old 04-07-2006, 10:52 AM
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Re: Self-Portrait: End of the Day

Great! Just remember your soft and hard edges (lost and found edges) when painting from a photo! And as Richard Schmid suggests, paint with blocks of color rather than outlines of things.

good luck!
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Re: Self-Portrait: End of the Day

Should be quite easy to place the drawing next to your image in the mirror for comparing.

At a cursory glance, your have drawn in too much forehead and the eyebrows are too far away from the eyes.
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