Selfies, a Challenge

Argh, a week of selfies.
What don’t I like about this challenge?  Realism.
I found it harder to screw around with my own image, especially when I was
supposed to draw myself like you are.

Okay, I’ve bitched, now getting to it.
Suggesting contour drawings, sketches, pencil, watercolor, et all . . .  DONE in two days!

What I have learned from this?
I thought I knew what I looked like, but I don’t, as I could not see
the likeness of some of them but Mitchell could.
My lips are thinner than I thought, and then there is that down-turned Irish mouth . . .
There really is another piece of blank paper and
you can always write crap all over the really bad drawings.
I cannot capture a baby.  They are illusive and hard to see, their chubbiness.
That I have NO idea what how to mix my flesh color!  STILL!
That you have to make bad drawings to make good drawings.
(Okay I knew that one, but it is good to reiterate.)
And I picked up my pen much more often this week than last, and yet I was busier.

You can see my commentary by running your cursor over the image.

I found it hard to read commentary on self-images in facebook feeds.
SO many people hate the way they look.  Sad.

I found it interesting that Mitchell thought some looked like me when I didn’t,
and that he liked completely different images than I liked.  He loved the one in sepia ink at the top.  I like the one of me laughing.  We both like the one at the bottom.


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hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep
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16 Responses to Selfies, a Challenge

  1. susanissima says:

    Fun! Love the large one of you in profile with turquoise (?) glasses, and, of course, the photo with Mitchell.


  2. Sammy D. says:

    Oh my goddess, you are beautiful !! In all your variations and renderings. I just want to hug you. Why DON’T we ever (hardly ever) like the way we look? Your down-turned (so YOU say) Irish mouth, my crease between my eyes that gives me a perpetual frown …. This was such a treat to see photos and selfies and get a smidgen of your workshop activities. Now I have a big old grin to go with my forehead frown 🙂


    • I consider myself hugged. I’m not to hard on myself — but am on my drawings. I can’t tell you how sad it was to read what the women posted tho in the SBS feed. Tragic, because beautiful women are comparing themselves to photo-shopped 20-year-olds. Hugg you back!


      • Sammy D. says:

        I bet it was. Women are our own worst enemies when we believe the marketing trash and fake hype about so many things. I might wish a few features were different, but I sure never bought into that shit with either my self-evaluation or my money!


  3. lindalh says:

    My favorite is the side view with the red red lips. Allure, fire, something more behind the blue glasses. Every time I look in the mirror I see someone different. Sometimes I don’t look too long. Once in awhile I really check it out. I know her intimately and yet there are still so many things inside that woman (myself) that I have barely taken the time to explore. I think the selfies you have done is a project I would like to try.


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  6. Valerie-Jael says:

    Fantastic work again, happy PPF, Valerie


  7. ann krier says:

    your sketches are fantastic – so much life and fun !


  8. Kate Robertson says:

    Your selfie’s look great to me.


  9. happytiler says:

    Impressive work…love these selfies so much!!! Good job getting all the different poses too!

    Hugs Giggles


  10. Cindy Dauer says:

    Wow, great collection! So great how you used several different perspectives and with different styles!


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