For the first lesson in my online Self-Portraits workshop we'll be starting with a photograph and tracing around it. Simple enough, right? I started by taking a few photos of myself using the automatic delay thing on the camera. Then I made them into black and whites in Photoshop, though you could use color photos. For the first two I printed them out light so that the drawing would be emphasized.
Nice how you can draw lines selectively and end up looking twenty years younger!
On this one I printed the photo out without making it lighter. I drew over it and then painted it in black and white, emphasizing my gray hair:
OK, so I look like I'm choking, but it's fun anyway.
Today I added paint, mostly with a brayer.
I used my "spritz and blot" technique (contained in this video) to make the water droplets.
After you get comfortable drawing your face over a photograph, it is much easier to tackle the self-portrait on a blank sheet of paper. And there are all kinds of fun things you can do with your altered photos of yourself!!!