Project 2: Self portrait on photoshop and traditional

The first part of the project for me was more of an exercise of really getting to examine the details of my face, and also helping me how to look at a face in general, examining every small detail, how the light hits the cheekbones, how big the lips are. Accurate drawing is not something I am confident in doing so I had to push myself to make the self-portrait actually look like myself.

The biggest difficulty for me was getting the proportion of the lips to look right as my lips do not match the standard dimensions, hence I had to work with as sideways perspective and build the volume as well as push how long I could make them go till they looked odd.

however, I am happy with the end result as it did convey a certain attitude and style that I have been told is unique to me. Realising this was also interesting as I was insecure about my drawing style away from stylised drawing.

 

the photoshop project was fun to do however, I feel as though I approached it with less focus and attention than I should have. I thought of it as a bridge, not a project in and of itself. I did not think of making the photoshop part of the project look appealing as I assumed it was solely meant to help plan the final part, hence it did not turn out very neat or polished.

 

The final project was incredibly challenging to do, as the angle the photo was taken at was strange, as well as the structure of Le Corbusier’s Chandigarh High Court, being very angular and exact. There was also a large amount of perspective drawing to be done on a curve. The windows on the staircases were particularly hard due to their intricate structure and exact measurements.

The watercolor wash from the green also did not come out as expected as i did not anticipate how the pigment would apply to the paper, as it was far more patchy than the yellow, which applied very smoothly. this was also the first time i did a large wash using tube based watercolors.

another mistake i made was not correctly drawing the leg, as it was completely out of proportion and i was careless enough not to realise that. however, the fabric came out reasonably well, with the folds conveying the right material and fall.

 

All in all, the project proved to not only help me revise my understanding of what  a self portrait is but also made me realise that my perspective drawing is better than i thought it was. I’ve also learnt i need to be more careful with the mediums i use and to test new mediums first, before using them on my final draft.

About me: coming from a country where the arts, queer culture and anything subversive or controversial was never given importance or were frowned upon, I am deeply interested in all of those things. Artists and designers like Le Corbusier, Rouchamburg, Margiela and more inspire me and my love for archiving, deconstruction, Dadaism and the grotesque. I am also incredibly passionate about fashion, cinematography and the Marquis de Sade. What I want to bring through in my work is a study of some of my obsessions, both thematically and in execution, some of which are controversial in their content but that's why I chose a school like this where a voice is recognized

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