Our last sketchbook of the quarter is a self-portrait. This assignment always stresses everyone out, but fear not! I am far less interested in whether or not it actually looks like you, and more interested in whether or not you have an image that has a full range of values. You can really help yourself with this project by sitting somewhere next to a strong lighting source. A nice, bright window, for example. Or set up a desk lamp. Then get a mirror and start drawing. The on thing you probably don’t want to do is try and take a selfie and draw from that, for two reasons: 1)Those wide-angle selfie cameras really distort your face, and 2) It’s very hard to see details on a little 5″ screen. So do yourself a favor and get out a nice, decent sized mirror, and remember – it’s more about the shading and value study than it is about whether or not the drawing actually looks like your face.
That all being said, here are some examples of what I’m looking for: