In my last post I said I was sad with the passing of our family pet. I was, however I received a comment from a follower saying they see a sadness in all my self portraits and I was just drawing the truth.
I hope my self portraits do not come across as sad. I do a lot of self portraits. I have four sketchbooks devoted to self portraits. At first it was a challenge now it means I have come to the end of the day and I need to draw someone! I enjoy drawing from life and not photos. Guess who is always available. That look you see in my self portraits is one of concentration – focus. I cannot see detail when I look in the mirror as my eyesight does not allow it. I have tried on a number of occasions to draw myself smiling, then I will start to focus on the smile and my look gets serious again. So please be assured I am not sad in my self portraits. I have been an artist for over 30 years. I get excited when I see something come to life on a page. The truth is I just wish I could see more clearly. Most recovering perfectionists still like the detail! I have that same glazed look in my eyes in these self portraits.
Here are some fun sketches of people at the mall and in a coffee shop. I hope they bring a smile to your face!