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.