Selfie with glasses I don't own

Selfie with glasses I don't own - student project

I am usually a very plain-and-simple dresser, but I actually love colourful, interesting clothes, so I was very excited about the idea of integrating a piece of "statement clothing" into a self-portrait. 

I found this beautiful Kantha jacket on Pinterest:

Selfie with glasses I don't own - image 1 - student project

I did a quick pencil selfie sketch integrating the jacket:

Selfie with glasses I don't own - image 2 - student project

 

I then used a lightbox to fill in the portrait with watercolour (you can see my colour experiments on another piece of paper to the side, as well as random bits of my kids' homework - keeping a tidy house during confinement is impossible):

Selfie with glasses I don't own - image 3 - student project

I was really happy with how the jacket turned out, and then I worked on the face with a combination of watercolours and coloured pencils, and it all went horribly wrong... The eyes were small and weird, the mouth was just awful and my shading looked like it was done by a 4-year old...

Selfie with glasses I don't own - image 4 - student project

I was ready to bin the whole thing, but as an experiment I decided to cut out a pair of paper glasses, paint them red and stick them on (a true mixed media piece!) - this was an attempt to hide some of what was wrong with the eyes, but I think it also takes attention away from the poorly executed mouth and facial features...

I can't say I'm happy with the result, but I am pleased with the jacket, and also really happy to have experimented with a painted portrait (a first for me). Thanks for a wonderful class, Maria-Ines, it was extremely clear and well-presented, and also very inspiring!

Selfie with glasses I don't own - image 5 - student project