I’ve been wanting to do a Muse Group lesson with a self portrait theme, so I tried this approach to see what would happen. Using my Photo Booth application on my Mac computer I took pictures of myself using the “comic book” effect, printed one out (in black and white) and glued it onto my art journal size paper. Then I just started cutting and gluing. Three absorbing hours later I lifted my head up, stretched, painted some acrylic on and declared it done.
And by cracky! It does look like me (so says my husband, who ought to know). So now, Muse students, tell me if you think you could or would even want to do this in a session. You’d have to work faster than me for sure. Maybe it’s a two week lesson.
Usually students cringe when you say they’re going to do self portraits, so I’ve stayed away from this, not wanting to traumatize anyone. But there are many approaches and I plan to try out some of them. There are artists whose self portraits have contributed to their fame – Myrna Wacknov for one. Oh and of course Van Gogh and Picasso and so on.