SELFIE SELF 5 @ 10/18/14 sfa aceo atc by kimartist
This is the 5th artwork that I’ve done from a series of random cellphone “selfies” that I’ve taken in or near the bathroom mirror. (The other artworks are smaller - ranging from 2.5”x3.5” to 5”x7”.) Actually, this one was taken when I had turned my back on the mirror and was about to give up in disgust, when… Bingo. The money shot. LOL.
As an aside, while I was working on this it suddenly occurred to me why I’ve occasionally been told that I look like the actress Meredith Baxter (formerly known as: Meredith Baxter-Birney). Funny, it took becoming an artist before I could see it. At least I finally got the pretty yellow/blonde hair I always wanted! ;)
I also included some work-in-progress (WIP) pics - in reverse chronological order starting at the top, plus a shot of most of my “palette” and tools used. (I did leave out the Artist’s Loft paint and a couple of the Sharpies.)
Portraits are normally so easy for me, but this work gave me fits - partly from the unusual lighting set up and the difficulty I had in getting the neck area “just right” (lots of laying down color, erasing, laying down color, erasing, repeat etc.) - some of which, no doubt also reflected my ambiguous feelings about my neck since my operation (did they TELL ME my neck was going to look like melting putty before the fact? O nooooo!)
Sometimes when doing portraits I like to include at least one “unusual” color in my palette - just to see what happens - and this time it was the Montana “Malachite Light” acrylic paint (a light minty green) - justified by the fact that during the ”photo shoot” I had draped my dad’s bath towel over the shower rod to get a more diffused lighting situation, but which also cast a minty-green “pall” over my skin… However, the wall behind me (“undiffused” by dad’s bath towel) and all the white porcelain in the bathroom was kicking up a ferocious amount of “ambient light”… So, while I like the way it made my skin tones “glow,” it was hella hard to draw with any reasonable facsimile of success.
That said, once I finally got rid of the purple chin and toned down the livid purples in the neck, I was reasonably happy with the results, as I love the highly impressionistic feel and the many textures resulting from the colored-pencil strokes.
Montana acrylic markers/pens
Artist’s Loft acrylic paint
Prismacolor colored pencils
Canson Mi Teintes pastel paper, gray
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