Just a plain jane Bic.
Given my current skill level I am relatively proud of this sketch. There are a few slight inaccuracies, I rounded out the cleft in my chin and the forehead isn't *quite* large enough. Other errors I've noticed are that the eyes/eyebrows could be improved upon and the chin is shaded a bit too darkly. (Almost looks like I have a goatee!)
Been away from the forums for a while and this is just my little way of jumping back in the pool.
This is quite nice, but the bi-directional shading of the hair looks hurried, scribbley, and is a bit distracting, but overall, this is very good detail for 45 minutes!
Self portraits can be some of the hardest things to paint, so you get extra points for "bravery..."
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While this is pretty good, there is a neat exercise that you might like and is certainly helpful: focus on certain areas of your face. A few that would be most helpful: the entire bottom of the nose (from mid-nose to mid-philtrum), one eye, and the lips in different positions (tough as it's often hard to keep different lip positions while concentrating on drawing). When you concentrate on certain areas, you aren't so worried about it looking like "you" and more about how things actually look.
Give it a try.
I just want to add that you do have the right idea making the hair more blocks of shape then individual strands. It's just when you are shading those blocks of shape, make sure your stroke are following the paths of the individual strands, if you know what I mean. This is especially true with ballpoint pen, as you can see the strokes of the pen so well, and it's tricky to blend smoothly..it looks really good for a 45 min sketch though...