I’ve been on a roll this week thanks to spring break at Wellesley, so I was able to complete work on the second pass of three self-portraits today. It’s wonderful to have consecutive days of uninterrupted studio time. Looking at the images so far, part of me is still a little freaked out about the representational approach that I’m taking to these self-portraits. There’s something startling about the experience of creating realistic images that I’m still trying to get used to. I think part of it is I have a tendency to torture myself by getting self-conscious about my drawing technique. (Is it good enough? Shouldn’t I be better at this by now?) My goal with these images is to create a heightened reality, an intensified version of what would happen in reality. It’s a fine line in that if you are too close to reality the image can easily become boring.
In this detail below you can see better the kind of texture and surface of the drawing.