|The blue streak is from when one of my girls, as a toddler, tried to 'help mommy'|
I have a lot of trouble with faces. People, really. I have difficulty with eyes, mainly making them match. My daughter gets around this problem by always having her subjects wink. Myself, I end up with a lot of images of people looking down, so that I am mostly doing eyelids and eyelashes. This self portrait was a challenge since I not only had TWO eyes to draw and make match, I also had to draw them open.
Oh, and teeth. Don't get me started on teeth.
Lastly, the concept of using shading to create contours on a face was, for quite some time, completely foreign to me, which made noses a problem.
In re-doing this portrait, I took a 'shave-your-head-and-start-again' approach and just painted right over the original face with several layers of flesh-tone, then trying the face-thing all over again.
|This stage haunted me in my sleep|
I also added some more detail to the hair.
There's still room for improvement, here. The mouth could use work, as I went overboard on the lips and there's still some depth lacking in the bite. Also, the shading on the face just kind of looks, in some places, like I had just had a dirty face that day.
|8x10 Acrylic on canvas|
All in all, very satisfied with this fix, however. It still doesn't look much like me, but it looks a lot more human now.