So, I'm pretty new around here and I hope I'm writting this at the right place... Also, please pardon my writting, english isin't my first langage and I'm not that great at it.
That being said!
I'm taking a painting class this semester. And the very first exercice is a self portrait, or a self representation. I've always avoided painting caracters, especially faces, because I'm scared I won't be able to go beyond the "oh, this was drawn by a 10 year old" level.
I don't really *have to* paint a representation of my face, but I'm kind frozen into inaction here.
Anyways. What I'm asking is this : Have any of you ever done a self-portrait / self representation? How did you guys go about it?
Any tips would be welcomed at this point, seriously :-)
Hi Joseane, you might find some answers in the responses to this challenge - lot of members came up with some creative ideas for self-portraits!
Thanks, I'll definitely read that thread!
are you going for realism or what? realism is quite easy. one of the most basic forms of painting is a grid method. take a photo and grid it out, then blow it up with drawing methods to the size of the canvas then using the photo as reference paint/shade/get your art on the painting ... another way is just to draw yourself in a mirror then paint away ... or just start by painting ... really no text book with this sort of thing ... you have to find your own way through this jungle.
Another thing you could do for ideas is type in "self portrait" in the LMM search bar at the top. You can see a variety of self portraits there. It may give you too many ideas lol.
You could begin by asking yourself questions. What do you want to say about yourself? Do you want people to see you as you look realistically or convey an aspect of your personality?
I once did a self portrait by looking down at my paint shirt. that's all I painted was this open weave fabric covered in paint splashes. Another time, for the Klimt challenge I painted myself as my zodiacal symbol Gemini the twins.
The possibilities are endless....
Thank you so much guys, I think I figured out how to go about doing this. This is what I've come up with so far!