Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A new me




I'm taking part in a self portrait challenge at WetCanvas in coloured pencil. I've done lots of self portraits in a variety of mediums over time, but realized I'd never done one in coloured pencil or not a complete one.

I wanted a pose that was slightly different and looked through some photos and found one taken of me in the car with my glasses on looking sideways. The photo quality wasn't great, but I liked the composition and knew myself well enough to make up the lost detail with a degree of accuracy.

And this is the result so far in stages. The lighter images were taken in early morning light, the golden ones in artificial light. The gold photos more accurately depict the real colours of the piece. The drawing is being done on dark sand coloured colourfix paper with prismacolor pencils and is 9 x 12.

7 comments:

redchair said...

Hello Beautiful Artist who portray herself,
We have been watching you. We are artist also. At least that's what they call us. You may even know us. We'd like to invite you to a member of our very Private Club. We're very selective and only an elite few are welcome on our hallowed grounds. We pick you.

We even have a little 'chit chat' room just for the likes of you. It's rightfully called Dante's Pub. But when your enter BEWARE! You are entering the abyss of the artist mind! You may not find your way out.

You're welcome to watch from afar while drinking your brew or pull up a chair and join us for a little chat. Be sure and register and then log in. After all, this is a very private club. We don't allow just any wanderer in our midst.

Don't dilly dally now! It wont cost you a pence. Check out The Artist Challenge and Dante's Pub- that is if your daring and think yourself worthy to be amongst the souls we've claimed?

Farewell...until we hear from you,
Master Mike and the Pub Wench

Artist Challenge- http://www.theartistchallenge.com/
Dante‘s Pub - http://www.theartistchallenge.com/art-forum/

Katherine Tyrrell said...

Gosh - what a yukky comment - guess where I won't be visiting!

Jeanette - I think this is a great 'view' of you and you're doing so well! I can't wait to see how it turns out.

Have you tried shining a daylight bulb on the paper when you take a photo at night?

Jeanette said...

Thanks Katherine. There are many odd messages out there in the world. This, I don't find enticing. Perhaps if I were 14 years old I would.

No I haven't used a daylight bulb yet. That's why one is on my wish list to purchase soon.

Right now I'm using 3 100w bulbs that give off a whiter light, but they are fixture bulbs, not daylight.

Billie Crain said...

i think you have a new fan, Jeanette. *heehee*

I have the daylight floor lamp. it's on wheels and the 'neck' will twist in any direction. i love it! i shopped around and found the best deal at Jerry's Artarama. I'm not sure what they'd charge to ship to you. i just wanted to say, it pays to shop around for pricing. it can vary greatly.

Jeanette said...

LOL, with fans like that......

I'd prefer to find something in Canada if I can Billie, just to keep costs down. But you're right you do have to shop around as pricing varies so much.

Jo Castillo said...

Jeanette, clever you! This is a great portrait.

Robyn said...

Wonderful portrait, Jeanette. Full of life, beauty and fun.