There is a long tradition of the artist’s self-portrait. Tom, my colleague at Old Town Artists, pointed out the benefits of executing one every now-and-then. That way, I guess, you can look back and track the development of your skills and the decline of your looks at the same time.
I find the self-portrait an advantageous option, since I don’t have to beg myself to sit still for hours to complete the piece. In other words; the model is ready whenever the artist is.
I started this piece on a sunny day when I didn’t feel like dealing with my hair. Enter the bandana. Unfortunately, I didn’t finish the picture that day. When I came back after work a day or two later, it was night. The light was now all fluorescent with no discernible source. I had foolishly trimmed my stubble that morning. Even worse, my hair looked great! When does *that* ever happen? It was styled and completely bandana-free.
Truth be told, I usually try to finish my works without looking at the source material, anyhow. These final stages are when you can bring the elements of the picture together, and sometimes reality doesn’t make for the most cohesive image.
So, here’s looking at you all! Next up: I’ll delve into the process that produced this bad-boy! See you all soon.