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Unflattering Self-Portrait

For our latest assignment in my drawing class, we took unflattering pictures of ourselves and scaled them up into charcoal drawings on Bristol vellum paper using the grid method. I'm not one of those people who feel comfortable making funny faces, so I photographed myself eating udon.

(Hey, I put a lot of effort into looking cute. After years of aggressive dental work, skin treatments, hair care, and silhouette maintenance, I am not going to take a picture of myself looking hideous. Eating lunch on a Sunday in my pajamas with no make-up is the best you're going to get out of me. Capisce?)

T. K. Marnell Eating Udon

As always, you can click on the image to see a larger version.

You can't tell from this picture alone, but the drawing is very big. It's about 18" wide by 22" tall, which makes my head twice as large as it is in real life. While it was on the easel in our study, Sweetie asked me to please cover it up between drawing sessions because he kept glancing over and getting shocked by a giant Tamara slurping huge noodles.


Lisa (April 13, 2015, 4:58 am)

Wow, love your self portrait! I paint landscapes but have been contemplating portraits and you've inspired me with the concept of "unflattering" - so much more interesting. Although the thought of trying not to flatter myself (or any other subject) and accidentally going too far is scary! Thanks for sharing.

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