How are we in February already? I feel like I just barely wrote my New Year’s resolutions for 2024, and now January has come and gone. I guess I’m overdue for another self portrait doodle, so here you go.
This picture happened during several nursing sessions – whenever my right arm was free enough to draw. I had to work in small spurts to accommodate a very wiggly newborn. My nursing pillow made the job easier, but it still took me a lot longer than I would have liked from start to finish.
Drawing feels a bit foreign to me these days. It’s been a few years since I’ve picked up a pencil. I kept putting my art on the back burner in favor of other projects. Now, I’m stuck on the couch regularly, so I figured I’d ease back into doodling. Maybe with more time, I’ll feel more comfortable with my style.
I Get Younger Every Year
I have to admit, I’m a sucker for progress pictures. It’s fun seeing how things progress. Back when I was working hard to lose baby weight, I took an initial before picture. When I came close to reaching my goal, I took an after picture – and it was amazing to see how my body shape had changed.
With my latest self portrait doodle, I had a lot of fun comparing it to drawings I did four years ago. My hair shading and my line work has improved. My proportions have gotten better too.
There are a few things I did a bit differently this time, that I already want to change. It’s funny how quickly I go from enjoying my latest piece to itching to have another crack at it. For example, I have a round face and large eyes – but I made my face just a bit too round and my eyes a bit too large, so I look more like a little kid than an adult. The expression on my face is lacking in personality – it’s not offensively bland, but it doesn’t really tell a story. I think my previous portraits did a better job of that, surprisingly, so kind of a step backwards there.
I guess by assessing my art, I can see how far I’ve come and I can see where I want to improve. It’s nice to see that I’m still a traveler on an art journey.
More Doodles to Come
With more time to draw, I can safely predict that I’ll share more doodles in the future. Maybe in a few months, I’ll post another self portrait doodle, just to see how things are going.
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