Dark Self-Portrait - Colored Pencil

"Dark Self-Portrait" Colored Pencil

Composed in a somber shadow of murkiness, the resulting work is a dark self-portrait. A sliver of illumination creates a streak of highlights that defines the firm structure of an antique face.

The side sunk in deep shadow is described by a limited palette of gold, orange and dark brown. Soft shading is employed to graduate from one tone to another evoking an aura of still calm.

The understated mood and stingy color scheme is inspired by the work of the masters of old. Another experiment in line, form, color and chiaroscuro and less a study in the psychology of the sitter.

Thin, wavy hair tops a high forehead that has been wrinkled by time. Searching intensely for the essential features, black eyes are set into deep sockets below a sharp brow ridge.

A broad nose casts the darkest shadow that blends seamlessly into the ochre cheek. The stern mouth is delineated by reddish lips that dissolve into a prominent jowl.

The pinkish ear is more translucent and anchors the hefty jawline that curves down into a notched chin. The weight of the skull is supported by bulbous neck muscles that converge just above the shirt collar.

Steeped in realism, this picture is still conceived with elements of intentional exaggeration. Not just a portrait, it’s an experiment in light and shade, modeling form and composing analogous colors.


  1. Hi Dan! How are u doing? Im Dana from Twitter

    1. Hi Dana, we are doing good. I remember you very well because you posted such nice images on Twitter. I hope all is well. I'll try to maybe log back again someday but we have been very busy lately. ~Dan


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