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Take a selfie.  I'm looking up because my drawing is going to be about me considering my gifts.  Print out a copy 5 x 7 inches

Take a selfie. I'm looking up because my drawing is going to be about me considering my gifts. Print out a copy 5 x 7 inches

Flip your printed image over and cover it with graphite using a pencil.   This way you don't need transfer paper.

Flip your printed image over and cover it with graphite using a pencil. This way you don't need transfer paper.

Tape your image to the paper and start tracing your face using a colored ball point pen.   Feel free to leave out the wrinkles and dark circles!

Tape your image to the paper and start tracing your face using a colored ball point pen. Feel free to leave out the wrinkles and dark circles!

I used a continuous line drawing and exaggerated some things like my eyelashes.

I used a continuous line drawing and exaggerated some things like my eyelashes.

Voila! The image is transferred to the paper.

Voila! The image is transferred to the paper.

On a scrap piece of paper create a list of adjectives to describe you.  I made an ABC list - when I got stuck I searched on the internet for inspiration.

On a scrap piece of paper create a list of adjectives to describe you. I made an ABC list - when I got stuck I searched on the internet for inspiration.

Using a pencil I began to write these words as tendrils of my hair.  I connected several words and created loops to dot and cross.

Using a pencil I began to write these words as tendrils of my hair. I connected several words and created loops to dot and cross.

My tendrils fill the page.

My tendrils fill the page.

Using a black permanent pen I went over all of the pencil lines adding some swirls and lines.  Erase your pencil lines.

Using a black permanent pen I went over all of the pencil lines adding some swirls and lines. Erase your pencil lines.

Add some color using watercolors, pencils or pens.  Don't worry about realism - just enjoy the process.  Because my hair looked like it was growing I added some leaf and flower shapes.

Add some color using watercolors, pencils or pens. Don't worry about realism - just enjoy the process. Because my hair looked like it was growing I added some leaf and flower shapes.

I went back over some of the shapes to define them.

I went back over some of the shapes to define them.

My inspired portrait.  I'm not quite finished but it gives me something to doodle on another day.

My inspired portrait. I'm not quite finished but it gives me something to doodle on another day.

  • Journal page or paper
  • pencil and eraser
  • colored ball point pen
  • watercolor paint or colored pencils
  • brushes and water cup
  • camera and printer
  • fine tip black permanent pen