Sunday, April 06, 2008

yet another attempt at a self portrait, again... it just isn't there, technically, conceptually. sepia on toned paper. American Artist is having a Self Portrait competition this year due May First, and the National Gallery is having their Portrait competition. I am trying a new outlook advised by a close friend... get out there and do it. So I am doing... Doing for me, if I get in, great... it not, then the work and effort I put in will have brought me farther along on my path of discovery. If I create something that I until that time thought unreachable, or unlock questions that have been leaving my work unresolved, what more can I ask?

12 comments:

bruce said...

holy. crap.

Great stuff!

More please

Breadwig said...

Wow Doug, I reallly like this. You look just as I remember you, cept hairier.

Lacey said...

Hmmm, I don't know... I think this is really rather expressive, though in a gentle, quiet sort of way. I don't think you are lacking technically or conceptually, however, maybe a slight rearrangement in composition or something in the next one might push it over the edge for you?

Also, I could see you doing something really creative with some shadows in a self portrait. The shadow under your hands reminds me a bit of your monsters, and I think incorporating something like that could turn out really cool with your talent.

dugbuddy said...

Bruce, Bryan, you are too kind. Lacey, thanks so much. The shadows under the hand were an afterthought and they turned out to be my favorite part. I think I am afraid to put down BIG areas of dark darks. Too concerned with loss of description. Too concerned with errors and no way of backing out. I need to just put on my big boy pants and do it.

Kevin Levell said...

This is pretty masterful stuff - very accomplished self portrait - this is most expressive!

pamnjim2 said...

Excellent self portrait. It really looks like you. We really enjoy looking at your art.

Pam

dugbuddy said...

Hey, Kevin, thanks heaps. you are too kind. Pam, so glad you commented. Thank you very much.

dancoburn said...

Doug,
I've been admiring your drawings for some time. Very masterful and well done. Top-Notch Work!

All the best,
Dan

Lacey said...

See? There's something about that shadow that just fits! They are my favorite part of this drawing, too. You should totally go for it. As you know, I love the dark, though it is easier to deal with in paint than graphite.

Come to the dark side.

dugbuddy said...

Dan, thanks so very much... I am humbled. Lacey... you are right. I am working on a new one with New ADDED darkness. It feels like a right direction, bold dark darks. Well, maybe not your dark darks. but darks none the less. Will give a full report. thanks everybody. -db

barb said...

I'm just going to get in line to praise this piece. Phenom DB. And wowee aren't you the fuzzy garden gnome? Put down the trowel, I waz jesta kiddin. I am amazed and wish you the best in your competition. Amazing.

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