Friday, March 5, 2010

Self Portrait 1

Have you ever tried a self portrait?  I don't draw other people very well. This is a skill I would like to
improve on.  I have sat in Dr offices some lately. The offices always have magazines and most have people on the front covers. I have drawn faces I see on the fronts of magazines.
 
I used my micron pen. I want to improve my drawing with pen too.  I have even tried drawing other people in the waiting rooms. I don't have a very good techinique for this.  I will improve.  I will...
A while ago I ran into a blog where the lady was painting 100 self portraits as an exercise.  It sounded like Teri's 100 landscape project. This self portrait project facinated me because I couldn't get past the idea that there was that many ways to look at oneself.  I wish I had kept her blog name but I didn't.  After she got her 100 portraits finished I sort of lost interest.  I haven't quite been able to forget this 100 self portrait quest. It was brought back to me when I read the book of Letters by Vincent VanGogh. He did self portraits and so did many of his contemporaries. Of course they often did them when they couldn't find or afford models.  We will see where this takes me.  This is my first attempt. Kind of scary, but I will improve.  I will use many different styles and mediums. I think it will be fun. 
 

17 comments:

Teri C said...

Well wow Lisa, it does look a lot like you. I know that practice really does help us improve and I think it is a wonderful personal challenge for you to do this.

I also remember seeing someone do this challenge but have no idea who.

Julie said...

WOW...great job, Lisa!!! I think you will do great with this challenge!!

Mim said...

fun project - we'll enjoy watching you get better

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Did you look in a mirror or is this from a photo? If its a photo turn it upside down and draw it. scrambles the brain and allows you to see the lines better. Great job. I need to practice people too. I love the postive feed back to yourself. I WILL....

steviewren said...

Great idea! Love your first portrait and I can't wait to see the rest.

119 said...

nice to know you ~........................................

Katiejane said...

Oh gosh! You are a brave and daring woman. No, I have never tried a self portrait so that it would actually look like me. Scary thought. I think drawing people is a hard thing to master. Your sketch of yourself looks pretty good, if it does, in fact, look like you. Good luck with that.

ArtistUnplugged said...

Great job....yes, you will get better and better. I'm with you, not much for drawing people and haven't ever drawn myself. Look forward to your journey!

Stampmaiden said...

What a great challenge, Lisa. You did a great job on your first attempt. Keep at it cause it can only get better.
Linda

studio lolo said...

portraits are so dang hard!
Great first attempt at yourself. I can't imagine doing 100 portraits of my mug. hah!
I've only done one self-portrait in a drawing class. I was 25. I still have it!

Keep practicing. Look how much teri has improved with her challenges! I need to take up a challenge too :)

Q said...

What a wonderful challange!
I think you have a great eye and your protrait does look like you....I am so impressed...
Doctor's waiting rooms? Sending well wishes...did I miss something?
Hugs,
Sherry

SandyCarlson said...

I like your selfportrait. Very much. And I so like your drive.

soulbrush said...

oh wow it is fantastic, if you do another one in atc form, i would love to swap with you, i will try one of me and you do one of you, how about it girfriend?

Quiet Paths said...

Our son's fiance' is taking a drawing class and she is doing some similar exercises. How fun, Lisa!

Susan said...

Lisa, your portrait looks great! I really mean it - and you'll only get better with time and pratice as you know. Keep up the great work. Susan

yoon see said...

Yeah, it's fun to draw self portrait...Great idea and attempt!
Keep it up Lisa:)
I did a few too but I am too shy to show mine!

messyfish said...

Are yoou going to do 100? That's a great challenge! If I could I would too. But i look forward to watching your progress