Left: A Magenta Watercolor Brush Pen (Bienfang/Speedball) sketch made while I was looking in the mirror. Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media hardbound journal, approx 8.5 x 11 inches. Click on the image to view an enlargement.
While I'm on the subject of portraits not looking like their subject this week I thought I'd post this self-portrait I did the other day.
I'd had my flu shot the day before and I was having a heck of a reaction (painful and feverish shot site and a killer skull-busting headache which might have been unrealted to the shot, but was there nonetheless). I'd missed portrait class that evening because of all this.
Still, I wanted to draw something before going to bed and noticed how worn out I looked when I was brushing my teeth.
I don't ever really look very closely at myself. I don't wear make-up so I don't daily scrutinize my face and turn it into some sort of "enhanced" version of myself. I pretty much wash my face and forget it. I certainly know what my face is doing most of the time, judging by reactions of others, but I don't look at it very much at all. Perhaps I don't want to profile myself!
In this quick sketch I almost got my nose right, but the hair is dead on. (I stood in the bathroom holding my journal and looking up into the mirror.)
The new package of Bienfang/Speedball Watercolor Brush Pens had just arrived in the mail that day. (Dick brought it in when he got home). I had missed having the magenta pen (I was down to the colors I don't really use like yellow and green from my previous package.)
And in the meantime I'll work on trying to make my self-portraits look more like myself.