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« on: July 02, 2007 08:10:01 PM »

...And I ramble a lot too! You can skip all this if you want, just a bit of backstory:

This is one of the only major finished pieces I've done, really. I didn't bother with a background, and it also unfortunately got quite smudged before I had a chance to spray it.

The assignment was to do a self-portrait that showed more than just your appearance, that showed a little bit about yourself too. I really love art and art history, so I decided to do mine in (what I hope to be Tongue) a sort of Renaissance-style portrait. I wanted it to look sort of academic, hence the book: it was originally supposed to say "Vasari" (the first major art historian) but in the end I had neither the time nor will. I picked the top because I thought it could pass for sort of old-fashioned and peasant-y, but all my friends thought I was stripping (thanks guys). I guess that would have been overtly sexual back in the day but it didn't really occur to me. I also left out my glasses, which makes it look less like me because I never actually take them off. Honestly, it doesn't really look much like me anyway, but it was a really enjoyable project, probably my biggest to date, and I learned a lot. And the medium was just perfect!

Anyway on to the pictures! I took like 20 so it's hard to know which ones to post Tongue As with most pictures of art, it's really hard to get a good one, so some of them are a bit skewed or whatever. If there's anything you'd like to see more of, or a detail of, or anything, please let me know! I love taking copious amounts of photos  Grin


















Joan Crawford eyebrows  Tongue I screwed up a lot with the eyes and had to redo them several times (as well as the eyebrows) so they're nowhere near as clear and bright as I'd have liked.



I can't really find any photo of me for reference, and like I say, I took a couple of liberties to make it more stylised/Renaissance-y. Plus I've gotten a haircut since then, and like I say, I wear thick black/brown framed glasses. Not to mention self-portraits are always difficult anyway because you always want to hide your flaws!

It was done with coloured cont and chalky pastels...if you have any questions, please ask!

Thanks for looking!  Smiley

Edited to add: these pictures are about a year old-ish, but they're the best I can do right now. It's 4:30am  Tongue Crackster indeed.


(sorry for looking so stupidly emo and glum, but in most of my photos I'm smiling so...)


Heh, I hope they don't make you realise how little it looks like me  Wink Remember that they're old. I thought I'd throw them in there anyway but really the picture is a stand-alone piece.
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« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2007 08:30:54 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2007 11:30:53 PM »

Very nice work
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« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2007 04:38:41 AM »

Very nice.  What did you use to create it?  Is that colored pencils?
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« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2007 06:10:46 AM »

Thanks guys!

It's done with coloured conts and soft pastels (not the oily kind, the chalky kind which are very similar to cont, if not basically the same thing). Both sets are Cont a Paris brand, and they were lovely to work with.
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