I like drawing self portraits. They’re convenient to make, and they’re empowering. I like to look at self-portraits of artists, and when I make my own, I feel a connection to other artists. I’m participating in precedent.
Only I can draw a self-portrait of myself. They’re also a great space to practice drawing shapes from memory and from the inside out. One of the first exercises in learning how to draw is drawing your own hand. I’m really bad at drawing hands. I don’t have the patience, and they don’t have eyes. Eyes sort of change everything. They give life. I put four of those bad boys in this portrait.
I like drawing portraits in general. They are how I appreciate and celebrate my friends.
This portrait is a great example of my desire to balance what I draw and what the viewer can infer. Sometimes I get too mixed up with the details. Sometimes fewer lines are more effective communicators than more. More lines are more opportunities to get something wrong or to change and crowd a face.
I edited the source photos for the portrait to take away shapes that would distract me. Here’s a few layers of the process:
Once I simplified what I was working with, I drew the lines (with 3 different weights), and filled in the shapes with colors from the non-edited photos.
I also update the “Disclosure” section of my blog with different portraits.
I update my Exhibition Page with events and galleries Lorna Alkana Art is featured in.