Thursday, January 13, 2011
My goal for this self portrait was to make it look as close to reality as possible. I accomplished my goal by being patient with the picture and going back to it time after time to fix my mistakes and imperfections. My painting is about a big dramatic shadow and then a bright light. It shows how the shadow really swallows up that part of my face. The most difficult challenge was getting my nose to the right or close to the right size. I met the challenge again by being patient and working at it, by looking through pictures I took, and altering the picture little at a time. I have learned that shadows are a big deal, and I have learned more about how to properly proportion the face. I think Jen Kelly was someone I learned from because she went all black and made her shadows super dark, which made me think about mine. If I could do over I would make my eyes a little smaller just so that they didn't look so deerish, even though they were supposed to look like I was interested in something. I feel that my best part of the work was my nose or my lips, because they took forever to get right.