Self-portrait from Memory in which I Applied Makeup in the Dark, or, Rediscovering Markers


I moved from the UK to the USA two weeks ago after having been gone for seven years, and have been staying with my Mom, who has a lot of my old things that I didn’t even remember. Such as a big set of prismacolour markers, which, I’m rediscovering today, offer a pleasing speed and vibrancy when sketching. The drawings I’m working on for work just now are in a cartoony style, perhaps these markers may prove themselves useful if I relearn their ways…

I haven’t drawn a self portrait of any kind in about 8 years, and in truth have rarely drawn anything for pleasure in that span of time. One perk of being around the house a bit more in the transition period, and having a lot of art supplies to hand (thanks to Mom for keeping so much!) is the open time for doodling and experimenting. I think I might make a habit of self-portraits again–despite my shapes being wonky and my markers handled clumsily, it does feel to me that it reflects a bit of my mood at the moment. Next time I’ll use one of those miracles called mirrors.

Self portrait 1

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4 thoughts on “Self-portrait from Memory in which I Applied Makeup in the Dark, or, Rediscovering Markers

  1. I’m impressed that you drew this from memory. I need a mirror or a photo for a self-portrait. I hope you feel settled soon. We moved from the UK to the U.S. almost two years ago and often I still feel like I’m in the transition period still.

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