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this mirror has poor reflexes

I just spent the past hour trying to draw a realistic self-portrait for an online drawing class. It looks nothing like me. I don't think I'll be showing that to you anytime soon.

I have to say, it took a surprisingly long time to find a mirror I could reference at my desk. Like, three days. It's just not something I've ever shopped for before. They apparently live in the makeup aisle of pharmacies. Among other fanciful inventions I've never laid eyes upon.

In related news, handheld mirrors make your arm hurt after an hour or so. A lot.

Also, waking up at 5am to take your roommate to the airport makes your head hurt after no time at all.

And dreading a long work day apparently makes one show up late for it, creating a self-fulfilling prophecy.

I want to sleep again.


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Jun. 20th, 2007 11:10 am (UTC)
Why couldn't you just take a snapshot of yourself using the iSight and then put it up for reference on the other monitor?
Jun. 20th, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC)
I could, but that wasn't the assignment.

Different process, different challenge.

(it would be closer in motion, but we lose a lot of resolution, and of course the whole third dimension)
Jun. 20th, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC)
Just noticed the instructor's been posting already. Here's what he had to say on the subject:
    The reason I’ve asked you to draw it from life…all right, a mirror is not real life, but for our purposes it’s close enough…is because other images--especially photographs--have already processed a lot of the visual information for you. That means that the camera has chosen which shadows to glue together, decided how to distort your face according to the lens, frozen your image in time. Because of that, your drawings might look like you know something when in fact you don’t. Which means that I won’t know to teach it to you, and you’ll miss out on something that could save your bacon later.

    So…if at all possible, please, grab a mirror. If you want to draw yourself from the side, grab two mirrors. If the notion of staring at yourself in the mirror still freaks you out, you’re probably undead, in which case, you’re screwed, because I don’t think you show up in photos, either.

    Good luck!
Jun. 21st, 2007 04:04 am (UTC)
What's the Problem?
Your Mii avatar looks just like you!
Jun. 21st, 2007 07:12 am (UTC)
As does my drawing, after a few minutes of Photoshop adjustments.

That's still not the point of a drawing class. If it were, I wouldn't need take one.
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