Hey, I’ve improved quite a bit at this whole drawing thing right? I mean there has been some marked progress since I first started. Surely I’ve reached a point by now where I can actually draw myself and have it not be a total disaster, right? No. The answer to that question, most apparently, is a resounding no. I don’t know what it is about self portraits that’s so difficult but these are probably my worst drawings in months.
I decided I wanted to attempt another self portrait. After all, the painting I did for my friend’s birthday wasn’t really a proper self portrait which means that I hadn’t done one yet in July. It seemed like a good idea to take another shot at it. After all it feels like I’ve been doing a bit better lately. Unfortunately I pretty much hated the result. I didn’t even want to finish it but I forced myself to just for the practice. I think I decided before I was even halfway through that I was going to try to do another one though. Surely I could do better than that.
Again the answer is no. Apparently I couldn’t do better. Rather, the result was two absolutely horrible (and thankfully woefully inaccurate) self-portrait attempts. One of them makes me look like a somewhat terrifying demented clown-type monster.
I actually liked this one better before I drew the mouth in. Don’t get me wrong, it still looked horrible. It’s just that without the mouth it looked a bit like some sort of creepy wraith creature. That’s still pretty bad but it’s a bit more interesting than a demented clown. Seriously, I may have nightmares about this.
Both sketches also make me look like I’m about a million years old. I’m not. I really need to stop aging all of my subjects. Some day I’ll learn how to draw expressions on youthful faces. Maybe I should just keep practicing on children’s faces until I learn how not to age people. I think I add at least 10 years to almost everyone I draw. At least this time I’m only insulting myself though. I suppose that’s an improvement. I will do better than this eventually! I’m not giving up yet… which means that there will be more horrible horrible drawings to come most likely. I apologize in advance.