Exploring Self Portrait Art

Self Portrait - Water Color
Self Portrait - Water Color

Creating a self portrait can be a cumbersome project if you let it. Initially I was taught a self portrait was a drawing or painting of your face or entire body.

Thankfully other teachers presented new ways of seeing self and expressing ideas of self in artwork. They talked about incorporating things I was interested in doing, seeing, and even eating. All these things were part of me and could be brought into a self portrait. The two pencil drawings shown in this hub give a peek into what I was interested in at that time.

Self Portrait - Pencil Drawing
Self Portrait - Pencil Drawing
Self Portrait - Pencil Drawing
Self Portrait - Pencil Drawing
Self Portrait - Photography
Self Portrait - Photography

This self portrait was taken in a local park for a photography class assignment. I used an Olympus OM1 camera and black and white 400 ASA film. Digital photography was not around so it was dark rooms that smelled of developer and fixer chemicals and I loved every minute of it!

Self Portrait - Oil painting from a photograph.
Self Portrait - Oil painting from a photograph.

Self Portraits in Other Mediums

The oil painting and water color self portraits were done from a photograph I had taken back in the late 1970's in Boston. I liked the emotion in the photograph and wanted to see if I could capture it in a painting as well.

Self Portrait - Water Color
Self Portrait - Water Color

Thoughts about Art as a Teenager

Strokes, lines and curves are the only escapes I know.

A place, time, a sense of being.

Someone who has importance no matter the circumstances.

The amount of talent you have can only be measured by the creator, you.

What you express are your moods and deep feelings about life and how you fit in as a person.


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Dolores Monet 3 years ago from East Coast, United States

Oh weren't you the most beautiful kid! I love the self portrait at the bottom of the page too. You could write a series of hubs on how to create a self portrait. (Or maybe you have, I must look) Voted up for being awesome!


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Green Art 3 years ago Author

Your sweet Delores and very kind. I was nineteen in the photograph here. Thanks for the vote up!:)


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

I wish I could do this. Your artworks are amazing.

PS: Thanks for reading my hub and leaving wonderful feedback.

Have a great weekend.


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chef-de-jour 3 years ago from Wakefield, West Yorkshire,UK

Great portraits and sketches. Are you a sketcher by nature? Or more of a painter - oils or watercolours? Have you sold any of your stuff? Some artists like to keep their work out of the public eye, others go all out for sales!


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Green Art 3 years ago Author

Hi Vinaya - I appreciate you kind words. I bet you could do some simple sketches. Look around your home and try to do some basic line drawings. Don't seek perfection just have fun with it. Enjoy the process and worry less about the finishing product.

Hello chef-de-jour- I love to sketch but don't always allow myself the time to do it. I need to do more of it. Painting is my absolute favorite, probably because of the layering aspect of colors and merging them on the paper or canvas.

I've sold a few pieces over the years, and given many to family and friends. The pieces in this hub had only been seen by family until I decided to publish them here. I appreciate your generous comments here and look forward to reading some of you hubs.

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