Monday, July 14, 2008

self portrait study

I received a DVD about Fritz Scholder's life and work and thought it would be a good time to do a self portrait, I took some photos and then did two studies from those with caran d'ache. I don't really like either one, but felt that it would be a useful and humbling experience.

Oh, yeah, it's that. Yikes, they are the most difficult. There is a likeness, but this isn't the way I paint. It's very strange. I think I'll have to try one in oil next. One of Fritz Scholder's self portraits was an outline of his hair and just a nearly flat surface of one hue for his face. I see why.


Edgar said...

The likenesses are quite good... which you can see by the similarity between the two studies. They look small. Are they thumbnails?

Self-portraits are certainly the hardest subjects to "see" objectively [/obvious]. This is an excellent exercise -- and Fritz would certainly applaud it! Good for the hand, good for the eye. But in these you have a great sense of playful color; keep going with that, too.

I'm not sure that you can be summed up by an outline of hair, though...

Melinda said...

Thank you edjes. I concur...I wish I had hair that was so distinctive that I could get away with a more symbolic gesture!