Self Experiment

21 May

21 me

After the manic amount of work I did during my residency in Boise, Idaho earlier in the month, I’ve hit a bit of a slump, probably not helped by jetlag, so I gritted my teeth and sat in front of a mirror this afternoon and scribbled what I saw. I don’t usually do self-portraits but I wanted to experiment with some portrait drawings using black and white media – conte crayons, compressed charcoal, carbon, oil pastels. I also wanted to get away from the usual detailed, fine pen work I use for portraits and develop a much more scribbly style.

I’m very influenced by Kathe Kollwitz, a brilliant scribbler and printmaker, and she did lots of self-portraits. makes sense, I don’t have to pay myself. But it’s not a comfortable thing to do. I noticed every single wrinkle, every bit of flab, every blemish eeewwwwww. I haven’t got the likeness right yet, but I’ll keep practising. This is on a piece of A3 Bockingford, 250gsm, prepared with an ink wash and drawn in black and white conte crayon, carbon and white oil pastel.

5 Responses to “Self Experiment”

  1. kestrelart May 22, 2013 at 00:57 #

    Phew. You’ve hit a slump. The rest of us might catch up. Oh, hang on, its another striking thought-provoking image …
    I am struck by the subtle shaping with apparently coarse diagonal lines.

  2. kestrelart May 22, 2013 at 00:57 #

    Phew. You’ve hit a slump. The rest of us might catch up. Oh, hang on, its another striking thought-provoking image …
    I am struck by the subtle shaping with apparently coarse diagonal lines.

    • Rosie Scribblah May 22, 2013 at 09:08 #

      Thank you. I’m trying to build up layers of tones with scribbled lines, so must keep practising…..

  3. paperstew May 22, 2013 at 00:18 #

    Rosie, I really like it! I hope you continue to do more self portraits in the future. Keep up the scribbles!
    🙂

    • Rosie Scribblah May 22, 2013 at 09:08 #

      Thanks Gale. I’ll probably keep up with the self-portraits for a while because I’m feeling too lazy to go out and do some sketching around the city. And I’m free. And I suppose I should write something very erudite about my artistic motivation, rather than I’m cheap and lazy hahaha

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