I am loving doing portraits. Even though I have a lot to learn, it is really fun to think that I am beginning to create something on paper that is realistic in nature even though I am only capturing a feeling or essence from a photograph. Noses are really hard for me, but the gesso is sort of forgiving and I love how it gives the appearance of skin with wrinkles and all. As I stated before, I am thrilled with how the collaged background comes through into the work. I imagine it gives character. In this morning's email an artist friend chatted about how she saw progress in her own drawing after doing 100 drawings. We shall see if that is the case for me, 98 to go.
Myrna Wacknov created 365 self portraits in 2010 for her book Drawn to the Mirror. I may have to attempt ink midstream after more practice. Oh and she did hands! Also I think I will try adding more gesso along with the drawing pencil like Ann Bagby does. So much to explore!