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    Another thing about faces. A face is a 3D form, and people's heads move so often, that our memory of that person is more of a composite than one particular image. That's why sometimes not even photos look like the actual person. So, unless you look at yourself a great deal in the mirror, you might not even have that composite memory of what you look like, and no drawing would ever really look like you - to your eyes.

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    Use two mirrors;a reflection of a reflection - then you are seeing what others see and it's new to you as well.

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    its because you have a self image, of what you think you look like, which is usually not exactly what you look like. its the same way when you hear your voice recorded, alot of times it doesnt sound like you think you sound....working representationally means you need to turn off your subconscious opinions about how you think things look, and try to concentrate on the analyticals of how they actually look. slef portrait are by far the most difficult to do. my advice it so measure and get the spacing and placement of the features right. spend your time...and be honest with yourself.
    the more hte picture makes you uncomfortable, the more it probably look slike you

    rendering out the forms matters alot less than getting the proportions correct if you're going for likeness. hope this helps.


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    Speaking of portraits and looks, just throwing it out there, since you never see anyones face online and the avatar is all you have to go by, I think you people look like your avatar.

    So yes, I think TAS is a child, Why is it so difficult to draw a self portrait?

    Coro looks like this: Why is it so difficult to draw a self portrait?

    Ryan always stares in a creepy way Why is it so difficult to draw a self portrait?

    Shamandalie IS a cat
    Why is it so difficult to draw a self portrait?

    And blackspot never opens her eyes Why is it so difficult to draw a self portrait?


    I did a self portrait for an assignment once.... I actually knowingly "enhanced" some parts of my face. I even actually shaved before doing the portrait.

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    i don't know if anyone else has this problem, but i've always had trouble visualizing my own face. that is, i focus on sections, and find it hard to comprehend my face as a whole. i have no trouble with other peoples' faces, but understanding my face beyond its separate elements is incredibly difficult for me. maybe i'm just a little off

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    el coro said what I was going to say. For example, when I first starting drawing myself, I would make my lips way too big. It's because I know in my head that my lips are huge so I overcompensated and made them bigger than they are. I also used to draw my face so fat. It's hard work breaking that habit.

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    Sometimes it just a matter of embarrassment, both at seeing yourself honestly, and thinking of what others will think of your drawing. Don't worry about it...just repeat after me--I LOVE having three eyes! I LOVE having three eyes! I LOVE having three eyes! I LOVE having three eyes! ...
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    fer me its hard to replicate the perfection haha i kid i find it the easiest im the most familiar with my face i have seen it almost all my life an when i draw it i try to think of it like an object versus my face or me kinda helps i find that i tend to add similar characteristics of my self when i draw random characters without think'n about it kinda subconsciously ahh an a cool therapeutic thing i do that is fun i try to draw my self when im really mad or sad or what ever an by the time im done i fell good again an i get to werk on add'n emotion er expression to a paint ahh an one more thing ah touch yer face too dun know helps me an the more senses i use the better i might even try to lick ma nose or an ear er someth'n
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    Quote Originally Posted by JJacks View Post
    el coro said what I was going to say. For example, when I first starting drawing myself, I would make my lips way too big. It's because I know in my head that my lips are huge so I overcompensated and made them bigger than they are. I also used to draw my face so fat. It's hard work breaking that habit.
    i do the same thing, i always draw my lips to big and i made my face to round.. i am starting to get better with those two things, however i still get the length of my nose wrong.

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    I can never finish a self portrait. After about a half hour of staring at a mirror I've usually got my shirt off and am busting out some poses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ilaekae View Post
    Sometimes it just a matter of embarrassment, both at seeing yourself honestly, and thinking of what others will think of your drawing. Don't worry about it...just repeat after me--I LOVE having three eyes! I LOVE having three eyes! I LOVE having three eyes! I LOVE having three eyes! ...
    Damnit! That's okay for you, Kitteh! What about the rest of us with FOUR eyes? Huh?

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    Hey Krato.
    I agree with comments above about self image. Self image is one big hurdle that interferes and limits us with most things when you start to think about it and it really shows up as a hindrance when trying to draw your own face.

    I heard over and over that sp's were one of the hardest things to draw so I took it on as a challenge. The harder things usually have the better returns when you get good at them.

    The thing is to not ever ever ever give up. Keep trying and don't let boredom or frustration get on top. Try different kinds of sp's, make it fun and with continuous effort you will see improvement.

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    Most protraits are started with grids. Take a photo of yourself with a polaroid or even a digital, get it developed to a good 8 by 11. and red-line grid the whole thing out. transfer said grid to a good stock paper, and follow the grid.
    "Everything must serve the idea. The means used to convey the idea should be the simplest and clear. Just what is required. No extra images. To me this is a universal principle of art. Saying as much as possible with a minimum of means."
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    That's good if you're doing a grade 7 art project. But I think spending that much time to do a portrait everytime is pretty silly. That's so much less about using your eyes and visual reasoning than it is just math. I think you'd be better served to learn how to train your eye and brain you just honestly replicae what you see without the use of gruds and numbers.
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