13cm x 21cm watercolour sketchbook

It’s me!

Selfie, self portrait, likeness, portraiture, representation… whatever you want to call it, I did it. I’ve done it before so it was interesting for me to see how it would work out this time, especially a stylised version in a medium I’m only really learning at the moment, in watercolour.

A couple of years ago I took a selfie at work messing around on a photo app that applied different filters. I found this picture again recently so it seemed like a good photo to use as my next watercolour painting.

The most difficult thing to paint was my very manly and butch beard (lol). Because of the different textures and the various shades of ginger it was tricky to get it right. I’m not actually disappointed with the outcome though. The thing I’m not as pleased with is the depth of the image, this portrait doesn’t feel that 3D. The filter on the photo made it difficult to see much depth too, but it still looks like a face with curves, lumps and bumps. I didn’t feel as though I could see that while painting so I tried adding a little skin texture, but I don’t feel it worked that well.

What I do like about the painting is the messy and dribbled colours that make up my suit and tie. As the colours blended on the page they looked interesting and add a fun look and depth.

This won’t be the last self portrait I do, sorry, but thanks for bearing with me if you are actually a follower of this blog. If you paint and haven’t done a self portrait I’d highly recommend it. It’s definitely insightful to analyse your own face, a little scary too, but it’s an absolute must. I did this the day before I turned 40 years old, so the other thing this painting does is serve as a reminder or act as a book mark to chapter of my life – I’ll remember where I was and what I was doing on the eve of my 40th.

Thanks for reading this. I hope you’ll return soon for more painting distractions.