Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Self Portrait

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. 


10 comments:

ann @ studiohyde said...

This is really good Peter. Well done :-)

Peter Ward said...

Hi there Ann. Thanks for comments.

Ray Maclachlan said...

Well painted Peter, it is a fine portrait.

Peter Ward said...

Hi there Ray. Thanks for your comment.

Judith Farnworth Art said...

Really good Peter... very nicely done!!

Peter Ward said...

Thanks for kind comments Judith. :)

artist said...

Nice, clean, fresh color. Very Charles Reid.
Well done!

Peter Ward said...

Thanks for those kind comments Delilah.

Jan Weeks said...

Really good portrait and colours work well

Peter Ward said...

Thanks Jan. I'll have to try one when I'm in a sunny mood (!)