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Sketch of Zoey K.

I’m trying to work out how to address the distortion that is in almost every selfie because of the wide angle lens held close to the face. Perhaps the best solution is to just go with it and not worry about realism. Maybe everyone is used to seeing each other via selfies and that’s what we think people look like now anyway?

Zoey K from Sktchy. Graphite on copy paper. 8 x 8 inches.

My pencil drawing can’t do justice to her bright red hair (see her photo on Sktchy here) but I’m still limiting myself to pencil to improve my portrait drawing skills.

I’m trying to work out how to address the distortion that is in almost every selfie because of the wide angle lens held close to the face. Perhaps the best solution is to just go with it and not worry about realism. Maybe everyone is used to seeing each other via selfies and that’s what we think people look like now anyway?

7 replies on “Sketch of Zoey K.”

I like your choice to accept the distortion, offering good reasons. Even drawing from life can give distortion to the image. None of our eyes or brains see exactly the same image as another. In this drawing the distortion does increase the feeling of intimacy too.

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That’s a good point about our eyes and brains seeing differently from one another. The way the brain tries to normalize what we see all the time is really interesting, whether “correcting” distortion or when it comes to color. We see an apple and think red but the part in shadow may be nearly black, and a white object in shadow can be darker than a black object in light. They’re both shades of gray but they still read as white and black.

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