Self-Portraits: Drawing and Shading Techniques

Self-Portraits: Drawing and Shading Techniques

The self-portrait on the left I drew using the ‘gridding-up’ method from an A4 photograph to A2, just drawing the main features and marking out areas of light and dark. Inspired by Chuck Close’s use of patterns and repetition to create portraits, I filled each square of the grid using a different pattern but still trying to remain true to the shading. Some areas are not perfect, such as the left cheek, but I think the overall effect of this portrait is striking and effective. The portrait on the right was created by shading the page using a graphite stick and then working upside down, with the photo also upside down, and just erasing the highlighted areas. I then turned the page right side up to work in the details and corrections with the graphite. I found working upside down made me focus on the shapes of light and dark in the portrait as opposed to the shape of the mouth and eyes etc. to avoid drawing outlines of the features. However, the proportions are not accurate here as I’ve drawn my eyes too high on the face and a little too small. But, in a way, I feel elongation can an abstract feature to the image, for example Amedeo Modigliani’s sculptures.

Posted by >drlng5402 on 2016-01-13 16:58:49