Self portrait drawing

I need to get better at drawing so I can execute huge masterpiece oil paintings full of flowing figures flying through floating fauna and the eldritch ruins of towering arcane architecture rendered in Van Eyck-like detail. So I have been drawing each day. One thing I have been doing is the projects in “Drawing On the Right Side of the Brain Workbook”. I have not read the actual separate book, but the workbook has been useful on its own and I like having structured little projects to do.

This was not a specific project from the book but I have been wanting to do a self portrait anyway for a while since I have only done one other shaky self portrait sketch. I will do an oil painting later, perhaps from this drawing.

I really like drawing on toned paper, I had not tried it until a week ago when I read about it in the workbook. Weird that I never saw this in my high school art classes or anything…anyway I love it and it makes me want to draw more often.

Here’s the drawing:

Self portrait drawing by Airn LeBus

Self portrait drawing by Airn LeBus

This is on 9 x 12 inch smooth paper that I toned with 4B graphite. I sat in front of a mirror and drew this over a few sessions with 2B, 4B, and 6B pencils. At first I thought I finished it but went back and changed some features so it looked more like me. It probably took me about 5 hours total.

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