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Self-portrait - Unfinished by mach5 Self-portrait - Unfinished by mach5
I have no desire to finish this.

What started as an exercise in shading theory ended in frustration.

Here's the thing - I've gotten good at drawing from source. I'm quite happy with how I do with it. Yes, I take a lot of time, but I'm generally pleased with the results. I've got a long way to go, but I'm getting there.

So for my self-portrait, I thought I'd shake things up a bit. I allowed myself to use the source for the lines, and nothing more. Once the outlines were down, I put the source photo away, and tried to imagine how the light would fall on my face, and draw from there.

I feel like I failed miserably. I could keep going, but I think it would amount to kicking a dead horse. With steel-toed boots.

I really wish I'd learned how to draw at some point. This whole self-taught thing is really reaching the end of the line; I don't feel I've improved at all in a year.
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glassworm Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2005
i hate doing self portraits..that's why..i paint and take pictures..nothing to do w/ my face. i hate when they make you draw your face in drawing class and make blueprints blah blah blah. It sucks..but this is very good I think..better than what I could do..I understand your frustration though.
chemicalletdown Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2005
It's not bad, me without a reference, now that's bad. You shall get better, there's only so much a teacher can do, you've got great natural talent though, a lot better than art students stuff that i've seen.
mach5 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2005
Well thank you, coming from you that's a great compliment! :D
Dark-Jessica Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, I don't know, maybe it doesn't look at like you, but I really like it. :) I think it's good. I'm no good at drawing without a source, either.
mach5 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2005
Well thank you. I still hate the piece, but at least someone likes it. *grins*
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