why do artists make self portraits?
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Realistic Self Portrait
Why do artists make self portraits?
•Traditionally, artists create portraits of themselves over the course of their careers.
•Beyond representing one’s physical attributes, self-portraiture can also serve to announce one’s vocation as an artist, one’s place in society, or one’s style.
Vincent Van Gogh
“I purposely bought a mirror good enough to enable me to work from my image in default of a model, because if I can manage to paint the colouring of my own head, which is not to be done without some difficulty, I shall likewise be able to paint the heads of other good souls, men and women.” - Vincent Van Gogh
During her lifetime, Frida created some 200 paintings, drawings and sketches related to her experiences in life, physical and emotional pain and her turbulent relationship with Diego. She produced 143 paintings, 55 of which are self-portraits. When asked why she painted so many self-portraits, Frida replied: "Because I am so often alone....because I am the subject I know best."
“Are we to paint what's on the face, what's inside the face, or what's behind it?” - Pablo Picasso
“Fit the parts together, one into the other, and build your figure like a carpenter builds a house. Everything must be constructed, composed of parts that make a whole....” - Henri Matisse
Drawing in Proportion
A WAY TO ENSURE THAT YOUR PROPORTIONS AND LAYOUT IN A DRAWING ARE CORRECT
CREATE A ONE INCH GRID ON YOUR PHOTOGRAPH
CREATE A TWO INCH GRID ON YOUR PAPER
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