I surprised myself with this drawing – only water soluble pencils which I have just discovered. The proportions are fairly accurate and lifelike. A bit generous on my mouth. Like the way the tones and angles of the face work quite effectively.
This second version came from an initial blind face drawing with red chalk and then overworked with charcoal and rubbed back. Not as much of a likeness in fact more of my younger self but in some ways more penetrating.
Part of a further drawing using water soluble wax crayons.
A monoprint from an oil pastel covered paper and worked from the back. Could imagine working on layers on this with different colours and mark making instruments.
I like this in a way because it is me all over. Getting into something and then loosing it completely. Forgetting the basics along the way.
Was trying out different surfaces and materials – here inks on a heavy anaglypta paper I found in a local DIY store. I can imagine working further into this with different materials.
Wracking my brains to come up with different materials I mixed up solutions of different foods an spices for the two images above – chilli powder, turmeric, coffee, redbush tea, green tea and cocoa. Meant to add beetroot but didn’t have any to hand. Something of the first image I like very much – it reminds me a bit of Marlene Dumas.
In the sketchbook I went on to create other images involved in the idea of being packaged…this is not a lost idea but something I may work on in the future in Part 5.
HOW DO I IMPLEMENT DISCIPLINE TO MY PROCESS WHILST STAYING LOOSE?
I believe the first pencil drawing was the most accurate and life like. Perhaps because I was more accurate and took my time? However I didn’t vary the angle enough or concentrate on different light sources.
However I have subsequently tried other materials and methods and am beginning to understand how I could become obsessed with capturing ones own image. I am thinking that I might concentrate on this for the Assignment 5 but with other still life elements – i.e. the doll etc.