It shouldn't come as a surprise for me to reveal that this entire drawing was built around the nose, which was drawn first. In fact, after penciling in the sloping curve of the bridge and then back up to the corner of the nostril, I stopped and carefully considered what to do next. There was no question that the nose would be the dominant feature on the face in the drawing (I like to think that my real nose isn't that prominent!), but I wanted to make sure that the other parts of my face would be well-represented.
I think that the almost beady-looking eyes and the pointed chin make for interesting partners to the nose. I revisited the thick and loose outlines that I've drawn in so many self-portraits already. And I loved that little blackbird from last night's drawing so much, I invited it to make another appearance in this one!
#355 October 10, 2011, Pen