I wanted to add a running page of self portraits. I find many posts giving excuses for the portraits not having much of a likeness or not capturing what the artist wanted to say.Like anything else, I think this takes time to develop. I have found it very amusing, from time to time, to spend some time with drawing and painting my portrait or parts of myself. We seldom realise we have a built-in model in ourselves, so the following will be added to as I create them.
Who said we have to draw a portrait of our face? We can use all parts of ourselves. I did this contour study in ink in my second drawing class.
The above three were drawn for drawing classes in 1981. In the top two, the instructor had suggested that I concentrate on drawing figures without a face for a while. The bottom one was suggested as a creative assignment and the instructor suggested we somehow fragment parts of ourselves for our self portraiture.
Self portrait in graphite.
Self portrait in watercolor.
The above three self portraits are done in watercolor. I did three because I was searching for one that I liked to enter in a local open show, here, titled “Self Portrait”. I chose the third one. I liked it the best. It is interesting to note, here that the top two were done from a photograph and the bottom one was drawn and painted from a reverse image in a mirror.
I started this self portrait in a drawing class from a mirror image drawn in graphite. Over a few days time, I kept sitting down in front of the mirror and adding color, first watercolor and then colored pencil. This would be considered a mixed media.
My left hand and self portrait in watercolor. Hands from life and portrait was mirror image.
Graphite hand and self portrait using cross contour line. Hand from life and portrait from mirror image.
This self portrait was created using papers made from treating National Geographic photos with Citra-Solv. A description of the process can be found here.
The above portrait was painted on masa paper with watercolor. A description of this process can be found here.
2016 watercolor and collage
2016 watercolor on grunge background
This is the extent of my self portraiture, for now, but I will add to them as I grow. 🙂