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A year for self portraits, part four.

Update: It’s finished.

I started another self portrait today. This time it’s for a redbubble challenge. This particular challenge happens to have a good prize. A really good prize.

So for the last 6 hours or so I’ve been painting, and I’m really happy with the result so far. So much so that I cannot go to bed without sharing this with someone.

Entries for the happy challenge don’t open for another 6 days, so I’ve got a while to refine this.

A year for self portraits, part three.

I can now reveal the reason for these self portraits.

I’ve been shortlisted in the National Youth Self Portrait Prize for the National Portrait Gallery. I’m currently typing standing up because I’m too excited to sit down.

Fifteen pieces were chosen from around Australia. At this point I have no idea how many people entered. For all I know there was only 15 entries, but it was open to everyone in Australia and the grand prize is $10,000.

I’m currently a little short on money, so that’s pretty exciting. The winner will be announced some time next month, but whether I win or not – I’m just so excited to have gotten this far.

So now, I have to organise to get my portrait printed and mounted, and ship it to Canberra. And guess which website is going t…

A year for self portraits, part two.

Read part one here

The second self portrait for 2009. This time I did use a very low-res photo as reference. I’m basically trying to figure out the style. I’m frustrated with how messy I am. I have no control over the pen. My hope is to work at it until I get a strong line without wobbling. At the moment I can only do that with a fast stroke… which is invariably inaccurate, so I fall back to sketchy lines. Bleh.

Also, colour. I’m no good at colour, so I’m trying to keep it to about 3 of them. Although, I do plan to have coloured lines, instead of basic black. When I was in primary school, art teachers would get shitty with me for never using colour. I grew up in love with comics, and for the most part – the good ones are black and white. It’s jus…

A year for self portraits.

This is a cropped detail of my first self portrait for 2009. It’s something I do occasionally, but I’ve never really completed one because I’ve never had a reason to. That, and I never thought anyone else would appreciate them. Basically I do self portraits as practise, using myself as the only willing model that has exactly the same amount of spare time (and patience) as I do.

Now I have a reason to complete one, although I’m not going to reveal what that reason is until I have finished. (ie. Once I know that I’m not going to abandon it half way through.)

So, to that end. I’m going to start many rough sketches, and will likely complete only one. I’ll also post some of my progress here, as I get closer to the self portrait that I think I’m capable of.

I didn’t actually look in a mi…