I'm a masochist. It's official. I've no idea what possessed me to join Wally's self portrait marathon. I hate doing self portraits but I seem to be drawn these days to doing things I don't want to do! On Friday, I was reading blogs and three things struck me. First was, as always, admiring Tommy Kane's pen drawings and wishing I could draw like that. Second, seeing Karen's collection of sketchbooks (I should draw more!) and finally seeing the challenge on Wally's blog. I don't know why but it triggered something. If I can get over my fear of spiders, then why not self portraits?!
This one above is my very first attempt at drawing with a pen. Perhaps it would have turned out better if I had slowed down and drew as I normally do instead of trying to draw quickly in some imaginary 'this is how a real artist would do it' sort of way! I'm tempted not to show it but maybe it will show how much I've improved later on ;)!
Can you tell how much I do not like my face?! Back to ye olde pencils, Alex said I made myself look too old but then he came back and said I'd left out all my wrinkles, I wasn't nearly hideous enough! It's interesting though how these drawings don't look like me (I've deliberately not made them photo-realistic) but capture something about me at the same time. I wouldn't say I'm a miserable person but when I catch myself in a mirror I always seem to be frowning! I never got wolf whistles from builders, instead they used to shout 'cheer up darlin'!
Everyone calls me neat, but when I'm at home I dress for comfort (and keep my fingers crossed no-one calls unannounced)! Although I'm not usually this serious I wanted to show how I normally look at home. In summer I wear this torquise and blue beach dress (must be nearly ten years old now!) In winter I look like the Michelin woman under layers of fleeces. (Must change that profile photo!) Oh, and one final thing - I got my hair cut on the morning I drew these, way shorter than I asked for but how I used to always have it up until 5 years ago when I decided to keep it slightly longer to' hide my aging face'! It doesn't bother me now - perhaps because I'm now too old to care?!! Hope the next portraits will improve in quality - and I promise I'll try not to rant!