6 Things I've Learned by Drawing (Self) Portraits

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Until January 2016, I hadn't drawn faces, much. Here are some things I've learned by stepping out of my comfort zone.

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1. I am biased about my face. It is not what I think it is.

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2. Drawing my nose isn't about my nose. It's about the shading - the dark and light areas around my nose. Ditto for the other features.

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3. It's weird seeing even the slightest resemblance of myself staring back at me from what once was a blank page.

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4. It's a curiosity to me when I see my face all wonka-doo on the page. It's me and not me at the same time. It makes me laugh.

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6. Sometimes I am self-conscious about drawing faces. Sometimes, letting go and just scribbling on the page results in interesting effects.

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6. The more relaxed I become about drawing my own face, the easier it seems to draw others' faces. These are sketches of my instructor's son, Wes.

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Oh, and #7. I am still learning to see what is actually there instead of what I think is there in a face...and having fun in the process. I hope you will try portraits as well.

What projects (creative or otherwise) are you working on today?

Cheers!--Janyce

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