Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Self portrait with migraine
After the self portrait with glasses, this is the self portrait with migraine - or the closest I'll get as I felt unwell when I started it, gave up, then finished it yesterday. I love the technique this paper allows me. I can build up skin tones by almost literally scribbling. That in turn allows for a 'what if' attitude so it's ideal for getting my momentum back and because it's so quick (after fussing over the initial sketch!) I have a finished drawing in a fraction of the time it takes with graphite. I have noticed though, that the surface of the paper breaks up very easily so it doesn't allow for much erasing and fussing. I find it interesting that graphite on white paper, colour pencil on white paper and colour pencil on brown paper all seem to need a different mindset. I know it's the key to cracking watercolours but I haven't cracked that code yet!