Arting for 365 Day 327: Self Portrait Turned Reptile

Day 327, 5 x 7" ink on paper

Day 327, 5 x 7″ ink on paper

Goal: to create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

I stood in front of a mirror, taking no more than two minutes to do a quick sketch of myself yesterday. The drawing had very little likeness to me – that was not really my aim. I just wanted to draw a face quickly.  I walked back into my studio wondering what I was going to do with the thing. I added a few circles above the head and stared. Hmm. I began drawing circles over the face, varying sizes to build form. It was a bit creepy, yet interesting. Strangely enough, I am a fan of the piece.

Step 1 day 327

You can buy a print of this original here!

107 thoughts on “Arting for 365 Day 327: Self Portrait Turned Reptile

  1. Lovely lovely true! Bubbly snakeskin beautiful.
    If we could all get one of these maybe we could pin them up and not have to have it done permanent on our skin.
    Or not.
    Or both.

  2. I once stippled my face and eventually the particles faded into space. Like dots that were holding my face together disappear. Like sand in an hourglass. =D

  3. Thanks for the comment, Beth! I think you’re right. I typically like to add watercolor to some of my ink pieces, but some Photoshop color exploration might be interesting too.

  4. You have to have amazing fortitude to stick to that commitment. It is so easy to fall off the wagon and miss a day. I commend you for the effort.
    Your reptilian face is an excellent teaching tool. I once had a teacher instruct us to draw a living creature and then give it alligator texture. My kangaroo with alligator skin looked creepy as heck. Keep up the good work, you will become a better artist for it.

  5. I love the circles above the head. The whole piece has a very haunting, molecular effect. I see DNA, I see the melding of man and reptile and the burgeoning consequence of such an action (its in the eyes). Lovely.

  6. Reblogged this on Mighty Megan and commented:
    I love the circles above the head. The whole piece has a very haunting, molecular effect. I see DNA, I see the melding of man and reptile and the burgeoning consequence of such an action (its in the eyes). Lovely.

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  8. A kangaroo with alligator skin, eh? Definitely creepy:) Thanks so much for the words of encouragement! It has been a wonderful endeavor for me.

  9. Circles often find their way into my work. Frequently I think of them as these cellular things, so your interpretation is great!

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  12. Thank you so much for mentioning me! I’m having trouble getting to your blog though. The link doesn’t seem to be working.

  13. I love this! I have been wanting to post a sketch a day, but it is such a frightening commitment…I applaud you for your bravery!! Maybe I will start on my 50th birthday this summer. You have inspired me! Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!!

  14. Thanks so much! I agree. I’m thinking I should bring it into Photoshop at some point and play with color.

  15. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment! I might play around with adding some ‘aquatic’ colors to it in Photoshop.

  16. Thank you for the comment! I SO hope you do it! It has been a great experience. More than anything I think I’ve become less attached to the work because I realize the next piece I make is just as important to me becoming a better artist (if that makes sense). I’ve also learned to accept that not every piece is going to be perfect, or even good sometimes, but that I still need to put myself out there.

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