Thursday, May 1, 2008

Catching up

Whew - the pressure to keep up with the blog! Not that I've obviously posted anything since setting this up, but the nagging I do in my own head is ridiculous at times. I don't know how people manage to keep it up. So.....what have I been up to? Well, for starters I did actually attempt my first self- portrait in white and black charcoal pencils. Never done a portrait of any kind before. The result?

Lovely portrait ....of someone - just doesn't look like me. Great lesson in how the most minuscule of changes to the features can result in a drastic change in likeness. So after goofing around changing facial features several times, I decided it was a sufficient first attempt and left it at that. The next one - using the same reference photo I think, will be in color...I think pastels again. Should be another good exercise. We'll see....I've got other things on the go for now.


Michelle said...

I can see bits and pieces of you here - keep plugging away and you will amaze yourself with the final outcome!

Cheryl said...

Thanks for the encouragement, Michelle. I certainly do have a new appreciation for the difficulty in portraiture, so it's easy to give myself some slack here and not get too critical. Like anything - practice, practice, practice!

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