It may seem a bit narcissistic doing self portraits but then nobody could accuse me of making myself pretty. That's one of the reasons I do self portraits more often than portraits of other people. I don't want to offend any of my friends! It's also an exercise in expression for me more than an attempt to render a likeness. I am more interested in suggesting a mood or attempting to represent how I see myself rather than what I may actually look like. I can take a photo if I want to see what I actually look like.
More often than not I draw myself with a short bobbed haircut, which I think is perhaps my subconscious trying to tell me that is the haircut that feels the most me. I have not worn glasses for a very long time so drawing the glasses on is a bit of a challenge because the me in my head doesn't have them. The real me grins a lot. But the real me is also very self conscious about her big chicklet teeth so I never want to draw myself grinning. I have challenged myself to do so.
In this one I decided to be humourous and I drew my eyes in that slightly crossed-eyed look I get when I'm staring at the camera lens. I did this picture school child style and used a pencil drawing and watercolour paints.
Frida Kahlo said that she painted self portraits so frequently because she is so often alone and she is the person she knows best. I can relate to that I suppose, and I am also the person I would worry the least about representing badly. To me, painting a self portrait is similar to writing down my thoughts. It's just a different version of it. Much of what I paint is from inside my own head, more than from representing exactly what I am looking at and I think again that is because I am so often alone and so often at home.
After I create a portrait of myself, in looking at the woman I have drawn I frequently find I don't see her as me so much as an alter ego, part of me but not all of me. If you would like me to paint your portrait and make you ugly please let me know. I would love to but would feel better with permission. I will get your face shape all wrong and probably give you bobbed hair, but you will get lots of nice colours in the background. I promise.