Many artists turn their to themselves when looking for inspiration for a new piece.
Look at all these famous artists who used their own faces instead of the faces of other people!
Frida Kahlo wanted to flaunt her unibrow to all the single men out there!
Andy Warhol employed his pop art skills on his own face.
And Salvador Dali was so excited that his mustache could finally reach his eyes that he shared it with the world!
Why did they choose to do self-portraits you ask? Maybe it’s because they ran out of muses. Maybe it’s funner or easier to use yourself as a model. Or maybe they’re just really full of themselves. I mean, look at all the self-portraits Van Gogh did of himself:
But on a more serious note, self-portraits are a great way to practice your artistic abilities. You may think that you’re just practicing, but you could be discovering talents you never knew you had! Look at all the up-and-coming photographers that social networking sites like Myspace and Facebook have helped realize their true potential. All you need is a camera and a mirror!
Not much of a photographer? Grab a pencil and some paper. Grab a canvas and some paint. Grab a slab of marble and a chisel. Now, look in a mirror and create what you see.
You don’t need to worry about whether or not it looks realistic. It doesn’t need to be exact. The goal of this is to use yourself as inspiration and let free the artistic skills you hide within. And if you don’t like what you’ve got so far, you can always scrap it and start over. There’s nothing forcing you to stick to your first draft. Unless you’ve been kidnapped and your captor is holding you hostage until you draw a perfect self-portrait for them to keep or you die. But that almost never happens.
And since I practice what I preach, here is my very own fantastic self-portrait, a Taryn Gomez original:
The resemblance is pretty uncanny. You can see the uneven-ness in the different sides of my hair, my lip piercing is there, and if you look close enough you can even tell that my eyes are green. It may not be as professional as the works of famed artists like the pictures I posted above, but I’m still pretty proud of this. It’s definitely going to be saved a spot on the fridge!
What do you think is the concept behind self-portraits?