A painting and a drawing arising from today’s headlines and subject of my current proofreading job: the networked self.
Self-portrait – I thought I should make some use of the watercolour pad I bought a couple of months ago, so:
I considered cropping out the especially out-of-control yellow patch top left, but what the hey – ‘warts and all’.
Drawn while listening to Radio 4 – so parts of this image evoke the Archers omnibus (hand) and other parts Desert Island Discs (background – Edna Adan Ismail is an amazing woman!). Though the new Philip Pullman book read by Simon Russell-Beale, which I listened to while drawing the main portrait, does not seem to have embedded itself in the drawing in the same way. Could that be because I was actually listening harder and looking harder so the two activities somehow stayed separate? Parallel processing…?
(Btw if you think I have a gloomy resting face, you can put that down to the constant stream of good reasons to be worried: climate crisis, NHS destruction, pointless Brexit blether, the orange one … but actually it’s just my concentrating face.)
I seem to be getting back to some kind of productivity via the pleasure of ink on paper:
but here’s one answer to the question: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/feb/26/robert-mercer-breitbart-war-on-media-steve-bannon-donald-trump-nigel-farage
It’s all a matter of perspective.
Keeping a handheld mirror as well as one’s head in one place while drawing is an issue.
The above was drawn in bad light without glasses – which doesn’t seem to affect the result very much.
So I have decided not to worry about getting the two eyes ‘properly’ aligned.