Self Portrait

There is a great tradition amongst artists of creating the self portrait.  Why? Who better to practice your techniques on than yourself? You’re always available. All you need is a mirror and bam! You’re set up and ready to go.  No trying to find a model, no constant reposing because the model twitched, no surprise day of painting ruined because your model didn’t show up.  You’re the model. You’re there, raring to go. 

Now, you may not enjoy looking at yourself with such scrutiny.  Hence the abstract portrait, where you can claim a yellow circle with  a red Z crossed over it truly represents your “portrait.”  That wouldn’t be the first time!

I personally cannot stand to look at myself like that. I despise photographs of me.  However, I will always defend the educational value of a self-portrait.  So, here it is.

This one is about a year old.  There’s no rhyme or reason for the background.  It was fun and mod.  I often have been told I look good in red.  And of course there is that whole vampire phenomenon going around currently… something about Twilight? </sarcasm here>  So that’s why I have red eyes.  Apparently my painted doppleganger has feasted upon some A- recently.

Created in Sketchbook Pro with iPad.


Sometimes I sketch while hanging out with my friends.  On this particular night, I was sketching while listening to my friends discuss the recently released movie, “Insidious.”  Now, mind you, I have no idea what this movie was about. I was only half-listening, but from what I gathered, it was spooky, gory, and totally not something I was going to be likely to go see. Ever.

Created in Sketchbook Pro with image mirroring (aka, digital cheating) on iPad with Nomad Brush.

Scribbles: Pieces Parts

Have you ever had a day (or series of days) when you just feel… scrambled? Nothing seems to fit together as it should. Everything appears gray and bleak.  No matter how hard you try, you keep coming up a day late, a dollar short, and the cliches just keep coming.

That has been my past week.  I have struggled at work. I’ve struggled at grad school.  I’ve struggled with coming up with posts for this blog.  I’ve gone to bed every night exhausted, overslept and woken up every morning late, and it’s just been a perpetual cycle perpetrated by the lack of sun in midwinter Ohio.

So, in the midst of my bleak midwinter, I found a sketch called “Pieces Parts.”  This really adequately shows what I’ve been lately… disjointed, out of order, scrambled, smiling on the outside, but just blank expression on the inside.

Created in ArtRage on iPad with Nomad Brush.