This sketch is for a self portrait I intend to paint. I started by sketching half my face with shading, then added contour lines. The contour lines are going to be painted in non-skin tones. I haven’t decided on the exact palette for that yet. The other half of the face is going to be painted a flat blood red.
This is the selfie I started my sketch from. Why a selfie? I haven’t mastered the trick of looking at an mirror, while drawing at the same time. As for photos, I consider my selfies more honest than staged photos. Photos of me smiling are as strange as the dead serious Victorian photos.