I've joined in with fellow Sketchbook Challenge artist Violette in her 30 Day Self Portrait Challenge. She's up for thirty, count'em, thirty DAYS of self portraits, any medium, and has created a Flickr pool for those playing along.
My local SketchBook'd group worked on portraits last night, even though we didn't have any mirrors (because someone did not think ahead). One creative soul pulled out his drivers' license and worked from that. I used some old photos of myself, but I intend to snap some shots to work with going forward.
I thought it would be handy to make a list of *kinds* of self portraits I could consider, in order to keep the juice flowing and not get hung up on what to do next. Here's my idea list:
high contrast * big head small body * small head big body * caricature * collaged * ripped magazine bits * expressions: happy, sad, shocked, pensive etc. * photo booth style * mosaic (paint or draw then cut into squares) * upside down * shrine style * scribbled * tracing a photo * day of the dead * digital * photocopy repeat pattern * pointillist * abstract * heavy eyebrows (kahlo) * negative space portrait * watercolor/paint first then add lines * shaded pencil * outline * paper doll * color by quadrants (divide paper and each quarter uses a different color scheme) * drawing with non-dominant hand * focus on a single feature * close-up * skewed perspective * psychedelic * monotone color * self portrait as an animal, alien, creature * with wings * with hats * geometric shapes * self portrait from behind * featuring my favorite objects * in a crowd.
Here are my first two of August. Would you care to join us in the Flickr group and challenge yourself? I know that the lazy summer days are inviting you to a mojito-induced, cricket lulling stupor of pure joy (or is that just me?), but 15 minutes a day is all it takes and at the end of the month think of all that ART!