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-- 02 March, 2006 --

EDM 56 Self Portrait

Self Portrait
Progresso on Canson Mi-Teintes Paper

I wonder why it is that portraits of those that we know best are the hardest to do? I have tried on a number of occasions to draw my son during art class as part of an evening when we take turns at modelling for the rest. I am usually satisfied with the sketches I do of other class members but the drawings I have done of my son never feel quite right.

When this week's EDM challenge for a self portrait was posted, my figurative drawing knees went to water. If I can't do a respectible job of my son then what chance do I have of doing the face that I see in the mirror each morning. The answer is 'None'.

A white-on-black whimp-out hides the worst of the mess but does show my most distinctive feature - a waist-length plait of slowly greying hair.

Posted by robynls at March 2, 2006 8:21 PM


Oh what a tease you are...can't we see the real you, right side out?

Posted by: Bex at March 2, 2006 10:17 PM

You ARE a tease!! But I think you've done a grand job on the sketch -- especially your hair!! WOW!!!

Posted by: Lin at March 2, 2006 11:17 PM

What did you do set up a mirror? I won't look in one long enough to see my saggy chin and the disappearence of once full lips. ;-)

Posted by: Bonnie at March 2, 2006 11:59 PM

I think your approach is really unque!. Lovely job.

Posted by: lindsay at March 3, 2006 12:27 AM

What a clever idea - it looks just like a photo negative, especially if you half-close your eyes. I love the wide smile and the long plait.

Posted by: carole at March 3, 2006 3:14 AM

What a clever way to do this. Wish I had thought of it. Grand job!

Posted by: TeriC at March 3, 2006 5:49 AM

Great job! I just wish it would enlarge so I could look at it a bit more closely! :-) Gotta love that hair, too.

Posted by: Linda at March 3, 2006 8:02 AM

Funny, I have below waist braided hair with gray in it as well.

Posted by: mz. em at March 21, 2006 6:53 AM

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