Last week, after sketching quite a bit, I was disappointed in my ability to draw reality. I don't want to draw it all the time (if you read my blog you'll know this is true) but sometimes I want to put something in front of me and draw it as it is. To me.
Then I remembered a book I brought about 10 years ago that I started but never finished. 'The New Drawing in the Right Side of the Brain' by Betty Edwards. I got it out and vowed to work through every exercise to improve my realistic drawing skills.
As a 'here I am now' exercise she asks you to draw a self portrait (or selfie in 21st century) before you start the course.
This is mine.
At the time I drew it (16th June 2013) I thought it was quite good and felt fairly impressed with my skills...
3 days later.
Notice the difference?
If you want to improve your drawing and rendering skills I can't recommend this book highly enough. I'm off to draw another one. :-)