EDM challenge no. 56

Self portraits are so hard to make. Or portraits are hard to make, no matter who you´re drawing. I tend to get stuck in the little details and when I´m finished I find that the left eye is misplaced or the nose is too long or whatever. Like in the b/w one here (of course, most of you wouldn´t know, you just have to take my word for it). After making that one I thought – what if I make another one without any lines at all, that should make it hard to get stuck in details. So, with watercolors and a brush, I tried again. Just to discover that it wasn´t easier at all. Oh well. I guess it takes a bit more practice.

Anyway, I think I succeeded in capturing one thing: that almost angry, concentrated look (here with a slight touch of squint) you get from watching yourself in the mirror for too long…


I think that you did a great job. It really is hard to pull all the pieces together and still smile. Jean

I also think you did a great job. This was probably the hardest challenge so far. And you’re right about the “angry squint” — I had to fight what looked like a tight-lipped pout! 😀

I love the fact that you did two different faces using the different media. They look great, and I love your comment on the slightly angry look you get after looking in a mirror for too long.
Also thanks for your bits on colour, I find it interesting to know how people use their pallettes.
Penny from South Australia

Julie, both are great. I like them both for different reasons… the detail in the b/w but also how you were able to catch the light source with the watercolor.

I love them both, Nina–perhaps the watercolor a wee bit more because I love watercolor, but both are quite wonderful…

I love every single thing you do! and the fact that you both DO it and POST it for us to drool over. Thanks. Sue (the unblogged)

I must say that I see a big difference in the two pictures, the one on the right looks a lot like you, I really think you did a great job on that one so your theory must me right!!!

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