Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Runaway eye


Oops, another self portrait! I sat very close to the mirror here, drawing myself slightly from underneath, and only afterwards did I see that the left eye ended up in the wrong place. I like the drawing anyway, mainly because of the technique. I discovered that Staedtler triplus fineliners are very fun to dissolve with water. The colours turn into crazily intense hues and once dried you can keep drawing on the washes.

12.5 x 15.5 cm, Staedtler triplus fineliners and water on Fabriano Artistico hot press paper.

14 comments:

no way said...

Both of the recent self-portraits are wonderful. Love the line quality and the layers in this one especially.

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

I agree. Both are GREAT. I really like this last one best though... The colors are what really draws me into this one. The layering ... well, just everything.

ginarteau said...

It's clear both portraits are of the same person. Interesting perspective. Great use of materials, too. And color.

seesue said...

Oh yeah, Nina, tHis is cool.

Xavier said...

Often, the small "anatomical errors" create something of private individual and of very interesting in a drawing, it is the case in that one. Very beautiful self-portrait.

Sandi said...

I love your work and have learned a lot from looking at your postings. I was surpised to see the latest but I love it! I have not seen you use intense colour. I was really interested because I was thinking about doing something all in monochromatic tones and I was wondering how I would do it. This is a likely avenue now! Thanks for sharing.....

Anetka said...

I like your self portraits as you use different techniques.
Great work:) again:)

Barbara Weeks said...

So o o nice! I really like the washes.

Monette Satterfield said...

This is an intense portrait which is emphasized even more by the color and that eye. Self portraits tend to a directness you don't see in other paintings.

I really like it and considering the previous one, it's obviously a likeness of you.

Sandy said...

Cool effect and now with these 2 portraits I would recognize you any where ;-)

A Brush with Color said...

So interesting to see the different techniques and the results of each. Your perspective must've been very tricky for this one in particular! Wonderful--the color is so rich and dramatic.

Kathleen said...

Yes!!! extremely cool drawing love the intense color and line - I need one of those pens

caseytoussaint said...

wow - I need some of those pens!

Desiree said...

I love all your self portraits, they are just wonderful