For my first attempt at 'mapping' a face I chose a wonderful photo of Louise Bourgeois in her very old age, by the famous photographer Alex Van Gelder, but for copyright reasons I'm not uploading it on this blog.
I first drew from it with my left hand and not looking at the page, only at the image. I only looked at the sketch when I was finished. It's a very difficult exercise but really interesting. Also if it was impossible for me to obtain even the vaguest resemblance it was a way of exploring this face in a more intimate way.
FIRST SKETCH IN PENCIL
SECOND SKETCH WITH A FIBRE PEN
In this one I start to see a suggestion of the eyes and the mouth, perhaps also of the ears. I love this exercise, also included in the book Drawing Projects, and I shall repeat it again with real people during my vacations! I am not sure that they will be very happy ....
THIRD SKETCH OF THE SAME FACE
This time again I did not look at the photo while drawing but I used my regular right hand and I felt much more comfortable. I also start to see a real face.
PLEATS AND WRINKLES TRACED
In this case I am trying to find the main lines in the face and moving towards a map. I did not use colour so far because the idea was to look only at patterns.
A MORE ABSTRACT VERSION
Here I recreated the main lines traced on the photo in photocopied paper using a cutter.