I'm quite interested in self portraits and have attempted one or two in the past. So far they have reflected me in a rather dour (or sour) mood and this one is similar - perhaps showing the strain of my recent travails.
My setup - the guide photo on the ipad
The initial drawing - not too detailed
The initial washes together with the basic features
Self Portrait - 16" x 12" Waterford High White 140lb (300gsm) not
I used a Pentel mechanical pencil 2B 07 - back to my bad old ways! As usual I had to make a number of corrections with the eraser coming into play but I was fairly happy with the final result even if the likeness isn't perfect. The flesh colours were a combination of Cadmium Red Pale with a little Raw Sienna, Cerulean Blue to darken and for the cool areas. The hat is mainly Cerulean with some Ultramarine Blue. A little red for the badge - not sure which one either Quin Coral or Quin Rose.
Only three brushes all Isabey Kolinsky sables, including the small retractables for the detail.