The trouble with attempts at self-portraits is that I am always concentrating hard on making the images rather than on my modelling. This tension I’m beginning to now unflatteringly capture in my images. If only I could learn to relax and smile as I pose!
From the Royal Drawing School course last autumn I failed to upload much of my work. It was called ‘Transforming Observation: Dreaming, Memory and Imagination’ and was as always excellent. Above and below are some of the ‘self drawings’ that got caught in our investigations.
Got carried away with the eyebrows. Otherwise some progress.
This took a useful while to draw and suggests other ways of working from home from old sketch books and life drawings. The architect in me spent too much time worrying about planes of wall and floor shadows and not enough time on the seated figure which is loosely based on me.
Obviously I could not ‘pose’ the picture or draw it from life. Instead it is composed from other sketches which are grouped below: