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    I don't take direction well. Every time I try to get me to do a provocative pose I invariably tell me to go fuck myself and storm out.
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    Like others have said, it's drawing likenesses to people you're close to that prove difficult. It's more subtle things that always throw me off, like the smaller angles where parts of my face curve, where certain parts of my face are in relation to the rest of my face, little subtle things that you may not notice right away, but make the entire picture look off when they're not done right
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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?

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    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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    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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