201 Self portrait #22 in pastels


Instead of the 200th, i give you the 201st drawing ! It’s a self-portrait drawn on a A3 sized paper before a mirror – with colour-pastels! These were requests that i got from H Schlagen and papict. The latter altso suggested that I use another reflecting object instead of a mirror – she mentioned a broken mirror or the back of a spoon – I really wanted to do this, but opted out. I couldn’t make it work for the time being – maybe another time!

The above drawing didn’t take long. Looking at it, you might think that i ought have spent more time, but suddently the face was there, and I couldn’t find anywhere else to draw.. Stepping back and looking at it gives me a great deal of that cave-man feel that most of my selfportraits seem to invoke.. It must be the stare.. Or the eyes that are a bit too close together.. Or the jaw twisted strangely to the left, as if iI’m still chewing on something only semi-edible from yesterdays mammoth-hunt.. Oh well.

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  1. Yay! I’m so glad you tried something new. I find pastels are more difficult to work with than you might think. So the proportions are off. That doesn’t matter. I think you should keep trying with the pastels ever so often.

    Maybe the wonky reflection can be drawing 300.

    • Thanks! – I’ll keep the wonky thing in mind. In hindsight, had i done the wonky reflections in this one, nobody would have been able to tell if the proportions were off 😉

      Maybe I’ll do one for a small drawing one of these days. Looking into a spoon or a sauceplan blurs up the vision a great deal, so it can be hard to focus on any detail.. Also, moving around just a little bit completely changes the shape of the head – when the mirror is not even.. Maybe it could in fact be fun to do with pastels..


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