Self-portrait can be a great tool to explore yourself, practice a bit of art therapy, or just reflect on yourself and become a little more self-aware. In international baccalaureate a big part of visual art dedicated to identity.
How to create a great self-reflective portrait on any skill level?
First of all brainstorm! Just think of you best qualities, make a list. Think of what you want to improve in yourself. The development of the list of what you want to have depicted in your portrait would be a great help.
Having certain qualities in mind would help you to research. It could be helpful to discover what styles of drawing are there, or if you want to do a mix media or collage? Figure out what suits you! Also it could be useful to look into artists who worked in the same style. Analysis of relevant artists would definitely trigger a great personal responses and it would be one more tool to use for self-discovery.
Just several artist you could look in for portrait ideas and development:
- David Hockney
- Vincent Van Gogh
- Frida Kahlo
- Jan Van Eyck
- Pablo Picasso
- Anthony Van Dyck
- Edouard Manet
- Henri Matisse
And remember – the main in art you do to enjoy it!