I started out thinking I was going to make this into a sugar skull self portrait. But the further along I got, the less I felt like doing it. So it’s a straight self portrait. (The reference photo I used is on my About page.)
I had done a sugar skull portrait yesterday, but I didn’t think it looked like me very much. Couldn’t decide whether it was because of the big black eyes or because the proportions were wrong or the colors were off or what.
I also wanted to draw today’s version without tracing (I didn’t trace yesterday’s, which was another reason I was doubtful about it). This is hard for me, because I want things to be perfect and when you let go of a piece you have to accept that you’re going to get what you get and it might not be what you wanted. I think this comes pretty close. But more important, I like the lines and the scribbles and the feel of it more than I think I would have if I’d gone for something more accurate, but less sketchy feeling.
I like sketchiness in my work. I like seeing all the lines underneath. The lines where I roughed out what’s going where. Sometimes, later in the drawing, I’ll discover that I put a line down in just the right place the first time, and it makes me ridiculously happy, like I’ve won a contest or something.
Anyway, here’s a time-lapse. I adjusted my ear before taking a final picture, so that’s different a bit, but the rest is as I drew it here. Let me know in the comments how you like your art. Loose and sketchy or finished and controlled?
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