I took a class to learn how to draw a portrait. The class ended with the instructor giving each of us a mirror and told us to do a "self-portrait".
I couldn't hide so I spent 90 minutes staring at myself; studying all the wrinkles, white hair, age marks. Is that the beginning of a double chin? Where I used to have a cheek, it seems to be slidding down the side of my face to make a jowl! And, what's with those nose hairs?
The class looked at my sketch and said I looked too "stern". In reality, I was surprised to see what age and gravity is doing to my body. No escaping it. I'm getting old! Not happy to see that, and my self-portrait shows it.
Get over it, I tell myself. If I don't want reality, I'll have to make caricatures. At least I feel confident now in learning some techniques of drawing a portrait. 'Part of this continuing process of becoming an artist.
Check out this sketch, and some other portraits, added my website gallery. Thanks Abby.