Thursday, 3 January 2013


Paid a visit to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery today and was inspired by some amazing portraits by upcoming artists. I decided as it is the beginning of a new year that it would be a great time to attempt a self portrait. Also made a pleasant change from drawing other people.

The above sketch was done on A3 and was definitely a challenge. I worked from a photograph so I would be drawing how others see me rather than drawing my mirror reflection as I have done in the past. It is a flawed drawing despite a lot of time trying to re work areas. In particular the left side of the face gave me problems. This is a great example of a piece of work that follows the "art is never finished, only abandoned" quote.

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Life Drawing III

These sketches are from the last life drawing session of the year just before Christmas. I wasn't overly pleased with these sketches when I had finished the session. I can see some good qualities to them when viewing them a few weeks later. I tend to struggle getting the head size correctly in proportion with the rest of the body but the drawings have more consistency than previous sessions.