I’d been tending to spend an increasing amount of time on the portraits, which coincided with using the dark boards, and this one took about 2 hours in total. The day was very changeable, and the light kept varying, which didn’t help; work was interrupted by a vast thunderstorm in the middle of the afternoon. I did make an effort to try to look less severe in this one; that was a struggle in itself.
However, persistence was finally rewarded. After some re-drawing of the features in the initial sketch (using the trusty white pencil) I finally produced a self-portrait which I think does capture ‘me’. It’s by no means perfect, but I’m encouraged that the progress from 7 days ago has been significant. It’s enough to make me want to go on and extend my experience to other people – anyone want to sit for me?