Not Looking Like Myself

October 31, 2014

141021_Roz_MirrorLeft: A Magenta Watercolor Brush Pen (Bienfang/Speedball) sketch made while I was looking in the mirror. Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media hardbound journal, approx 8.5 x 11 inches.

While I'm on the subject of portraits not looking like their subject this week I thought I'd post this self-portrait I did the other day.

I'd had my flu shot the day before and I was having a heck of a reaction (painful and feverish shot site and a killer skull-busting headache which might have been unrealted to the shot, but was there nonetheless). I'd missed portrait class that evening because of all this.

Still, I wanted to draw something before going to bed and noticed how worn out I looked when I was brushing my teeth.

I don't ever really look very closely at myself. I don't wear make-up so I don't daily scrutinize my face and turn it into some sort of "enhanced" version of myself. I pretty much wash my face and forget it. I certainly know what my face is doing most of the time, judging by reactions of others, but I don't look at it very much at all. Perhaps I don't want to profile myself! 

In this quick sketch I almost got my nose right, but the hair is dead on. (I stood in the bathroom holding my journal and looking up into the mirror.)

The new package of Bienfang/Speedball Watercolor Brush Pens had just arrived in the mail that day. (Dick brought it in when he got home). I had missed having the magenta pen (I was down to the colors I don't really use like yellow and green from my previous package.)

You can read more about these watercolor brush pens and see my lightfastness test here.

And in the meantime I'll work on trying to make my self-portraits look more like myself.  

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