A self-portrait is a representation of an artist that is drawn, painted, photographed, or sculpted by that artist. In this lesson we are going to paint a self-interpretation, not a photographic likeness. Your self-portait painting will express your mood, personality and other personal characteristics of yourself.
What you need
- sketch pad
- permeant marker, pencil & eraser
- gauche paint (poster colours)
- Water bucket, brushes and tissues
What you do
PART 1: Portrait Drawing and Brainstorming
- Start off with a rough drawing of your portrait on a A4 size sheet of paper. This rough draft will help you practice and plan your final self-portait.
- Make a line drawing of your face using a photo for reference. Try to draw your facial features; especially eyes, nose and mouth, as accurately as possible.
- Remember to include a boarder in your drawing. Design your boarder so that it reflects aspects of your personality and mood.
- Transfer your drawing on to high-quality paper with pencil. Trace the lines with permanent black marker.
PART 2: Self-Portrait Painting
- Before starting to paint, assess your drawing to make sure everything looks okay. Ask a classmate for their opinion.
- Practice painting on your rough drawing first. Practicing mixing colours to match your skin tone.
- When selecting background colours, consider what your favorite colours are and the kind of emotions you want to communicate.
- Paint your face, background and boarder. Always begin with light colours first and progress to darker ones.