After my rather uninspired attempt at a self-portrait for November’s #SelfieArt Day, I’m relieved to say that there will not be a #SelfieArt Day on Dec. 25th (because, you know…). We’ll resume in January if there is enough interest.
In fact, I might just take a blogging break for the entirety of December. It’ll be a crazy month due to the holidays, my sister visiting, and just the general seasonal blahs (this drawing is sort of a selfie; I feel as blah as she looks).
I promised my sweet friend (and human being extraordinaire) Charlie O’Shields (over at the awesome Doodlewash blog) that I’d answer some questions for the Liebster Award today, but that was before I remembered I had to post the #SelfieArt Day links. So, tomorrow, I’ll answer Charlie’s questions. I promise! 🙂
A big thanks to all the lovely folks who were game enough to tackle creating their own self-portraits this month! They’re presented alphabetical order; please check out their terrific self-portraits, interpreted in their own style! If I’ve forgotten someone, let me know. 🙂
Karen – https://onestumbleatatime.wordpress.com/2015/11/25/day-329-continued/
Kerfe – https://methodtwomadness.wordpress.com/2015/11/20/self-portrait-9-after-marlene-dumas/
Kirk (who co-founded SelfieArt Day – https://dumbsketchdecember.wordpress.com/2015/11/25/self-portrait-25th-messy-desk-329/
Susan – https://susanfeniakart.wordpress.com/2015/11/25/selfieart/
Thomas – http://onedrawingdaily.com/2015/11/25/self-portrait-day-today/
It took about a half hour total, with a LOT of interruptions (like a full day of doing other unrelated things), to get this quick sketch-painting done.
I free-handed it mostly with a #8 filbert brush, adding a few details (like the eyes) with a #5 round. d’Alembert was a French polymath who was featured on the Physics Today Facebook page. I loved the oil portrait of him so much that I wanted to recreate it with the new water-media and paper I’d recently purchased on the recommendation of Laura (Create Art Everyday).
Here’s the pad of paper, which is only 5×7″:
And the paints:
I’m not used to the ultra-smooth texture of the paper and was a little annoyed at the beading that happened when my brush was on the wet side. And I guess I’m not using the Inktense blocks properly because the colors are not very ink-tense. LOL! But, I’ll keep trying.
Before we move on to the main topic, I want to mention that I finally did what a bunch of people asked. I sketched Alex Trebek to go with all my Jeopardy contestants drawings. It took about 20 minutes (because I was watching The Flash while sketching). I’ll add this to my website page dedicated to Jeopardy contestants.
We had a smaller, but very dedicated, group of #SelfieArt folks who participated this month! Since I was out of town on the day of, I may have missed someone’s entry. If so, please let me know and I will add you right away. Check out the clever and varied pieces of art this lovely bunch created, and maybe be inspired to join us next month!
Catherine – Catherine M. Johnson
Charlie – Doodlewash
Karen – One Stumble At A Time
Kerfe – Method Two Madness
Kirk – Dumb Sketch Daily
Myriam – Myr’s Bytes
Sharon – Monday Tuesday Wednesday
Susan – Susan Feniak’s Art
I’m compiling links for #SelfieArt Day today and will post tomorrow!
In the meantime, I just want to say how much my younger son and I are enjoying the Thermodynamics class from The Great Courses. Not only does Professor Grossman say “Kelvin” without “degrees” in front of it (as it should be!) but he also uses equations! It’s, so far anyway, just basic calculus, but it helps to explain concepts much better than hand-waving (I’m looking at you, Alex Fillipenko!) or even experiments, and he gives lots of demos which is also great.
I drew a sketch of him about a week or so ago:
It’s the first (that we know of) Selfie Art Day on WordPress! 🙂 Kirk of the fun Dumb Sketch Daily and I agreed it would be fun to have a day to draw self-portraits just as there is a day to draw birds (the 8th of the month, people; join in!).
For my inaugural piece, I used charcoal on a plain, old, cheap sketchpad. I stood in front of a mirror, holding the pad up in my left hand and drawing with my right. It took about a half hour total to draw this…I had to keep setting it down to give my arms a break.
I’m fairly pleased with how this turned out.
If you’re playing along, please post your URL in the comments. If you use Twitter, you can also tag me there (@teresarobeson) and use the hashtag “#SelfieArt .” Like Laura does for Bird Day art, I’ll compile them in a blog post in about a week. 🙂
If enough people enjoyed this, we can do it again next year!
I was chatting with Kirk of Dumb Sketch Daily — his sketches are not dumb, by the way 🙂 — and we thought it might be fun to do a once-a-month self-portrait art challenge, much like the 8th of the month bird art challenge.
If there isn’t already one online, I propose we set the 25th of each month (no reason other than that it will give us all some time to prepare for the inaugural September date) to post a self-portrait piece that we’ve drawn or painted. Kirk has promised to participate, and I hope some of you will join in the fun!
Here’s an old one of mine…circa 1999-ish.