'A-Punk, self portrait'
8" x 10" watercolor
1. You're not as bad looking as you thought you were.
2. It's nearly impossible to pose for your own self portrait with anything other than a big smile, a goofy expression, or something else that you hope looks introspective and mysterious, but is neither because really it's just you raising your head a little too much so you can see through your crooked glasses.
3. While strong sunlight from the side, is your favorite way to paint portraits of other people, on you it is just plain un-flattering.
4. It's somewhat unsettling to look at yourself for so long. To really see all the good and bad parts of your face that are you. (I kind of feel like it's been ages since I actually looked at myself)
5. Just in case you ever start to take yourself too seriously, just paint another self portrait. That'll humble you. It's HARD. :)
6. Your hair looks good. Wild, but good.
7. A portrait, of anyone (including you), is about likeness it's true, but it's even more about expression. And truth. Who is this person really? It's your goal, as a portrait artist, to find that out and paint it.
8. You are now COMPLETELY sympathetic with all those people you have asked, or will ask to model for you. Poor unsuspecting souls.
9. You probably need to paint another one of these, with that strong un-flattering sunlight. Just for fun. You know how much you love sunlight!
10. You can never have too highly developed drawing skills. They are a MUST for a self portrait.
So, I decided that it was finally time I jumped in and tried a painting challenge from the Daily Paintworks site. I'd been thinking about doing a self portrait for a while and figured now was as good a time as any. I think you all should do one too. :):):)
What I'm listening to: A-Punk by Vampire Weekend