Sunday, January 4, 2009

My attempt at a self-portrait page- anyone else?

This week I added a few simple pages featuring my first attempts at self-portraits from my new book, Mixed-Media Self-Portraits.  The first one is a photo I copied and traced and added some color details.  The second one I traced on vellum and colored in non-traditional colors.  I feel like I would have fit right in on the original Star Trek show- Captain Kirk might have thought I was pretty hot, huh?  So if you are hesitant to draw a self-portrait, this is a good way to start AND you can pick a photo you like!  We will definitely have to re-visit this theme to try some other techniques and versions. Don't worry I WILL get to the gritty, super-realistic self-portraits, I just didn't want to scare you so early in the year.  Who else did this theme and is brave enough to share? Let me know and I'll post a link to your blog or post the scans. Don't leave me hanging here.... 
 I will go ahead and post a New theme for next week a little early because I have to go back to work tomorrow and my son is going back to school in Connecticut. I don't think I'll remember to post in the morning!    In this week of fresh starts and promises of resolve I have been thinking about a powerful one-word prompt-  BALANCE -  How do you manage your life's balancing act?  The constant yin and yang, give and take, ebb and flow ?  I know it takes thought and effort and hopefully some teamwork is involved!  I hope this prompt gets you thinking, writing, drawing, cutting and pasting !!!!!



10 comments:

Clevelandgirlie said...

Oh Jen this is so cool. It looks just like YOU, only cooler!!! I gotta try this. Yours is awesome.

KV Creative Designs said...

Very Cool! I have done one before in an Art class with "found objects" I was so pleased with it. I got to class and he spray painted brick red over the whole thing! I was crushed. I forget what the purpose was. I was more crushed that I didn't take a picture of it before that happened! Lesson Learned!
Happy New Year and Artful Blessings,
KV

Gayle said...

What a wonderful self portrait. I didn't do this challenge as I am not sure who I am yet. I will be exploring that very topic over the next few weeks. Actually, the self portrait might be a great way to wrap up the end. Forgetting who I was in the past and realizing who I am in the now. I do have some thoughts on BALANCE. For one thing, I would like some - lol.
Hugs.........Gayle

Tamara C said...

This is AWESOME Jenn! I love it!

I actually did mine too, can you believe it?!! Wah Hooo! Thanks to you sweet thing, I now have an awesome journal to explore! What a fun medium! I felt so FREE because the journal is just for me! So cool!

Go check out my blog for my first attempt (in about 10 minutes after I load it on!)! Heh Heh!

Fairy Dust Sparkled Hugs, Tam

PS to Gayle: You should NEVER forget who you were in the past, because everything you have been, everything you have done, shapes the person you are now! So embrase the past, learn from your mistakes and move forward to a better you! :)

Elena said...

I have to learn to do this! It's just too cool!!! I got your package of goodies today!!! Thanks!!!

peggy gatto said...

Fabulous!!!!!
I am catchin up...bekieve in the works and self portrait...today???? Don't count me out!!

sandee said...
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sandee said...

I'm going to try this again. The direct link didn't fit!!!

I did my self-portrait! You can find it on my blog...now, don't laugh, OK?

Love ya!

BTW...have an interview tomorrow for a Special Ed teaching position...

Pilar said...

These are really quite wonderful! Have a most wonderful and creative 2009!

Diane said...

Wonderful, Jen!