Saturday, 21 February 2009

0001 of a Thousand Faces

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Quick Self Portrait study – prompted by watching some Gnomon DVD’s – Visual Storytelling with Iain McCaig.

One of the lessons he kept returning to in each DVD was the importance of reference, but the kind of referencing which goes beyond the initial gathering and sourcing.

Useful processing of reference material by observational sketching, and emulation so that the reference material has a chance to flow through you on it’s path to the paper.

So I moved the mirror from the adjacent wall to my desk and began doodling in this portrait, attempting to remain fresh and loose.

Light source was an Ikea table lamp cast from my right, additionally there was some natural light from a setting sun being cast from a window from behind me (to the right).

I’d like to do more of these – they’re an invaluable learning aid. And Free.