Having been used to using magazine pictures of beautiful models it was a complete contrast.
I started by taking a photo, printing it out in black and white and noting the proportions.
I then set to on my journal, having first gessoed the page.
I used a soft graphite pencil and filled the page.
I must admit that I was pleased with my first attempt and was nervous about painting it in case I lost my work.
Sam Butler suggested that I take a copy of it, which I did.
So, I carried on and painted over my original drawing using only Black and White fresco paints.
Every now and then, I drew over some parts with my Graphite pencil and at the end with my Stabilo pencil.
My son, whose opinion I rate highly, says that the pencil drawing looks more like me. Which is fine....it was a good exercise in learning to handle brushes and paint and I was not looking to create a passport photo.
It is a bit weird painting yourself for the first time.
Here is the photo!
Think that I might have given myself a cosmetic cheek filler.....I wish!
Am entering this into the very inspiring Kim Dellows challenge and wish to dedicate this to the ever encouraging Julie Ann Lee. She leads by her shining example of creativity and generosity of praise.