Using various media, draw a series of self portraits
- Improve observational accuracy
- Establish form via chiaroscuro changes
- Improve your ability to create a rich range of tonal value
- Drawing paper (white, black), charcoal paper, pastel paper
- Pencil, charcoal, chalk
- Must include your head, neck, and shoulders. It may include much more.
- Structure of skull/head
- Recreation of nuances of line and value
To start, you will be working on a series of self portrait drawings to be completed in a single class period. Look carefully and closely at yourself in the mirror. Choose a good viewpoint (it does not necessarily have to be straight on), and remain still as your draw. Your focus should be to capture contour and proportion as accurately as you can given the guidelines.
1. Draw a blind contour drawing of yourself. To do this, you must not look at the paper as you draw. Draw to fill the entire paper. Draw slowly and carefully, following the edges of the various forms on your face. If you lose your place, you may stop and look at your drawing to get to set yourself in the right place, then stop looking and continue drawing blindly. If you consider the first drawing unsuccessful, do a second one. Bear in mind, there will likely be a considerable amount of distortion.
2. Draw a continuous contour drawing that includes your head, neck and shoulders (shirt collar, etc.). You can only use one line for the entire drawing. If your pencil accidentally leaves the paper, place it where you left off and continue. Draw to fill the entire paper.
3. Draw one of your features, large (fill the paper). Concentrate on accurate proportion and contour (line) first. Once you are satisfied that your line drawing is accurate, add value (using your ebony pencil, a set of drawing pencils, or a charcoal pencil). Tonal value should be used to establish three-dimensional form, so use light, middle, and dark tones.