For the third part of this project, I have chosen the “Life Cycle” prompt from Get Messy Season of Seasons – I’m creating a representational portrait of myself throughout the different stages of my life. As you will see, they have been quite varied…
- my altered book journal, page gessoed (and some stitching around the edges as I was testing my handheld sewing machine)
- Winsor & NEwton Designers gouache and Daler Rowney DEsigner gouache
- graphite pencil and eraser
- brown Inkjoy Papermate biro pen
- Posca white paint pen
- Pentel black Brush pen
I started by sketching various representations of myself, throughout my life and added colour to these self-portraits with gouache.
I then used a brown biro pen to write on each what period of my life it was referring to.
I decided to add some floral doodles, first, to fill in a bit more of the white space, and also to parallel the growth of the flower to my own life journey.
I added some highlights to the faces with my white paint pen. I find it brings an instant life to your portraits.
I used my black brush pen to write the title of this project. I love the Pentel Brush pen as the brush tip is long enough to be extremely flexible and create a wide variety of lines, as well as more organic markings. You do need a bit of practice if you want to use it for calligraphy (I certainly do!)
And that’s pretty much it!