Self portraits are not new to me. I have been doing them for a number of years and in all different styles.
At the moment I can sketch my portrait in pen & ink within 10 minutes. That was not always the case. In 2010 I invested endless hours of practice into portraiture. Some portraits took the good part of a day to complete.
Recently I decided to spend a little more time on a portrait. It reminded me of the challenges and struggles I had when working in a more realistic style. I spent approximately three hours on this portrait before becoming restless and putting my pencil down.
These pen, ink and watercolor wash portraits took less than 10 minutes. The one thing they all have in common is that serious look. It comes from looking straight into a mirror while drawing yourself! I like where I am at the moment. Not every portraits works. But then it is so easy to just turn the page and do another one! I have four sketchbooks devoted to self portraits the majority of which were drawn late at night because there is nothing like ending the day with a sketch!