Look in a mirror and make 20 A4 ink studies of your face. Have three cups to hand: one of black undiluted ink, one of diluted ink (with water), and one of water. Use a mid-sized soft brush and spend no longer than a minute on each painting.
Remember to squint to see the tones. Try this in different light levels. Near-darkness can really help you to capture a lot of different tones. For inspiration you might like to look at the paintings of Marlene Dumas.
HP watercolour paper is good for this exercise but, as these are sketches, cartridge paper, card, photocopier paper, or any other scrap paper, is fine. You’ll use these images as the basis of your monotypes in the following exercises.
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My 3-way mirror, picked up in a charity shop, came into its own for this exercise. I was able to sketch self portraits from different angles directly onto A4 sheets of photocopy paper, using ink as a medium.
Wall of ink sketches – preview
Wall of self portraits – reprise
Stuart Brownlee – 512319
7 December 2017