self portrait

Selfie

Well as I mentioned, I think I’m done with my yoga series. That was brought to a close with my last post which depicted Crow. Not bad, if I do say so myself. πŸ˜‰

I still haven’t really found my niche on the next subjectΒ – I have a few ideas that I’ve played around with, but they’re not finalized yet. More to come…

In the meantime, I dug around for some old material. This is actually a self portrait I did a while ago, working from an Instagram photo I took during the first snow of that year. Don’t remember which year…

My face, myselfI actually blew the photo up on my laptop and traced the outline of my face (cheating, I know!) since I wanted to work off of something I could count on as accurate. Hey, it worked! It took meΒ days to finish this, but I really like how it turned out. I played with a few different styles and techniques – you can see it was almost comic-book-esque with the cheekbones and some of the hair; the face is over-exposed and intricately accurate; the coat is sketchy and almost pen-like; I used a messy child-like coloring method on the hair, but kept the rest of the shading crosshatched; erased for highlights, as I was taught in art class so many years ago. πŸ™‚

I wanted to give the impression of snow and wind since that was what the picture dictated, but it’s really hard when you’re drawing it! The hair that’s in front of my face is the obvious choice, so I tried to make it almost transparent, wispy, disappearing.

It does look a lot like me, so that’s a plus. The overall style isn’t my favorite, but it was fun and I like to look back and see where I came from as my style transitions.

Overall I do believe I am very happy with my first real self-portrait. πŸ™‚

 

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I’m just a beach bum

I did some traveling at the beginning of March which postponed a few sketches. However, my second trip of the month was to Vero Beach, Florida to visit my grandparents. It was a fantastic vacation away from the busy-ness of life, and I welcomed the warm weather.

Life on the beach is slow – which I can appreciate – so I was very grateful I had chosen to bring along my sketchbook. πŸ™‚ Whilst getting the first tan of the year I sat in the sun wondering how I was supposed to draw something without a subject. Note that I’m usually googling images and using them as my subject. Without my laptop I was sort of at a loss. So I decided to give it my best shot and try to IMAGINE my skeleton. I simply drew what I felt, and, being fairly familiar with the skeletal structure by now, it really wasn’t as bad as I thought it’d be!

This is my first “blind” sketch (a self-portrait, if you will) titled “Beach Bum“. You’ll catch me in this position 90% of the time. πŸ˜‰
Beach bum

Juxtapose this with the correct posture one should have when one is sitting about doing nothing:

Lotus

That’s Lotus pose, or seated pose, or whatever you decide to call it. Very straight, but settled. Nearly every yoga practice begins with this pose while you concentrate on breathing. I start every morning this way, too, and it works wonders. I force everything but a prayer out of my mind and begin the day with deep breaths of gratefulness. It’s good to focus on positive thoughts first thing in the morning, rather than the natural negativity that comes with early mornings [especially following late nights].

I highly recommend implementing something similar into your own routine. I do believe I am very happy with this one. πŸ˜€