Friday, December 11, 2009
In my self-portrait, I wanted to portray an interesting viewpoint with my use of mirrors and focus on the unique shadow created on my hair. I used Botticelli as a mentor for drawing each individual curl in my hair. I created these shadows by finding the lights and darks cast from the light on my hair. I chose to do a straight on composition, with a mirror covering half of my face because I found it extremely unique and unusual. It draws your attention to the main focus of my drawing - my hair and face. The mood I am evoking is very calm and serene. You can see this face being repeated over and over again in the the mirror held over my face. The light being cast on my face is creating sharp shadows on my face. I created a 3D form by drawing the shadows on the face, rather than the features themselves. Instead of making a background, I chose to keep the background plain to make the focus on the most important parts of the drawing. This simplicity reinforces my style. The biggest risk I took in my portrait was attempting to draw hair that looked realistic and similar to my own. I think I was successful in accomplishing this goal.