This is a belated contribution for the National Self Portrait Day on November 1st. I recently watched a great video on YouTube of Jim Lee sketching Batman, and it inspired me to try a similar process; hence the dramatic lighting.
I also just finished reading Mikhail Lermontov’s A Hero of Our Time and it instantly become one of the favorite novels of my time. I’ll have to read it again some day to catch even more of the deep introspective psychological topics in there which I may have missed or which I may grasp better in the future.
Ink, marker, and gouache on paper: