Self Portrait Plane Study in Gouache

This self portrait plane study painting in gouache didn’t turn out as good as I was hoping, even after I did a self portrait drawing focusing on planes. I’m very sure it was due to my lack of focus.

I find that 90% of the time if my artwork fails its due to lack of focus or concentration. Tonights focus was supposed to be on finishing this self portrait in gouache that I had started yesterday, while studying the planes of my head.

I started out by doing a drawing of my head, focusing hard on seeing the plane changes throughout my face. The drawing looks kind of weird, but the idea is not to make a good drawing, it’s just to train my eye to see the subtle pane changes.

Self Portrait Plane Study preliminary drawing

After an hourĀ I was happy with the drawing and I felt like I was getting a good grasp on the planes of my head.
Self Portrait Plane Study preliminary drawing setup

For some reason I lost my focus. I started again on this painting later in the day, a few hours after the preliminary drawing and for some reason I just couldn’t focus. My strokes where unplanned and random for the whole painting, and you can tell.

Actually if you look at the left eye you can see that it’s the only thing in the painting that isn’t half bad. This is the major part of the painting that I finished yesterday when I no issue with focus. This goes to show that mental state when painting is paramount.
Self Portrait Plane Study second session setup

Session Details

  • Session: 979
  • Work: 830
  • Width: 4"
  • Height: 6"
  • Medium: Gouache
  • Location: Self portrait in apartment
  • Art Time: 2
  • Creative Time:



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Christopher Beaven

Christopher Beaven

I am an Artist and a programmer currently living in the amazing state of Washington. I have a passion for art, but I'm stubborn as hell with it. My day is complete only when I do some piece of art each day, no matter how small. "There was a dream that was Rome. You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish, it was so fragile."

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