Friday, February 8, 2013

Draw Yourself.

Self-portrait 2013.
Sharpie pen on the last page of
my mixed media journal.  No pencil sketching,
just pen direct to paper.  I think the eyes are a bit
too close together, and I'm pretty sure I left out
some wrinkles!

A page in my Smash journal, above, Madonna & Flowers.
I showed the original drawing in this post.
 I've added watercolor.
The Madonna was inspired from an illustration
 in a book that I bought at our library sale:
 'Art Treasures in Russia', c. 1970.
The Madonna was drawn on a scrap
 of watercolor paper, then glued into the
Smash journal. I drew the flower (inspired
by a Picasso) and other motifs, which I used from the 
magazine clippings on the facing page.

The facing page in the Smash journal.
A profusion of flowers cut from a 
Stella McCartney advertisement. A craft paper
envelope on the bottom of the page. (I slipped an
article about one of Picasso's ex's inside-Francoise Gilot 
interviewed at 90 yrs of age) I glued magazine images of
ceramic tiles on the envelope flap. You can
see that I used those ceramic tile motifs
 on the page with the Madonna.
The bottom drawings -inspired by Art Nouveau designs
 published by Dover-were again done with the Sharpie
pen and then watercolored.

Little bits and snippets can come together
in an interesting way...

Linking to
Paint Party Friday and
Art Journal Every Day at Balzer Designs


  1. Beautiful work, as always! I'm starting a portrait drawing class today and looking forward to it.

  2. Love your Smash Journal page! HPPF!

  3. Great job of your self-portrait. Welcome aboard to PPF. You'll love it and the hosts Eva and Kristin. Happy PPF!

  4. OK I am very impressed with your sharpie self-portrait! The get the dimensions right first time without the "safety" of pencil and eraser is amazing. To capture the likeness on top of that is superb in my book! Well done!

  5. Terrific work and love the self portrait.
    Happy PPF, Annette x

  6. Really nice pieces, you have a very unique style! Love your Madonna piece! Great self-portrait! Happy PPF!

  7. Beautiful work. Such diversity.

  8. Dianne, I barely know what a journal is. I have no idea what it means when the word smash is used with it. However, I love the Madonna. Very gorgeous. And if you look anything like your self portrait, you are a lovely girl.

  9. Pretty self portrait, I love it.

  10. lovely pages, your self portrait is VERY good! wow. and no pencil either.

  11. Wonderfully done self portrait!!! Pretty pages too! HPPF!

  12. I love your self portrait. Happy PPF x

  13. I LOVE your work. I especially like the sublime Madonna and Child watercolor page you did in your smash book. Blessings!

  14. Enjoyed your work especially the self portrait. Love the quote on your home page by pearl buck. Enjoy your day! :)

  15. That's the nice thing about self-portraits, you can give yourself a face-lift if you want ... ☺ Love those art-nouveau inspired drawings!

  16. Wow I am blown away that you used sharpies with no erasing! What an excellent self portrait. I love sharpies and mine are usually darker... So well done!!

    Hugs Giggles

  17. Just pen!? I'm so impressed! And I love your selfie - artistic licensee means we don't have to have any wrinkles at all - yay us :)

  18. Oh, wow! Great self portrait. Well done!

  19. oooh! I like it that you used flowers from an ad! I'm trying to do that more with my 365 collages project.

    But seriously... that self portrait? Fabbo! I love it! And I love the commitment to ink pen. Rock on!

  20. The pages of your smash journal are stunning and I LOVE your self portrait! What a gift to be able to go at it with permanent marker and have such beautiful results!


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