Self Portrait Reflection

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This is my finished self portrait painting! I painted a self portrait using a photo I took of my self, and I painted it with grey and black.

How did you select the photo of yourself. (What made you choose this photo over others?)

If I’m totally honest here, I only took one selfie of myself to use, I kind of just randomly took a photo of my self quickly to use in class. So I only had one selfie to choose from.

What is the most important aspect of your final work? Why?

I think that the most important part of my painting is my style. My painting and how I look has a unique style, and differs from how everyone else’s looks. Mine looks more flat and cartoon-like, whereas my friend Veronica has a more realistic painting of herself, and she has blended her values together. My special style of my painting makes it unique and different from others.

Also, I believe the separation of values on my portrait is a important aspect on my self-portrait, because it makes the painting have it’s own sense of originality. It brings a cool effect to the painting.

How is your work a representation of yourself and your connection to a community? What personal qualities/traits/messages are you attempting to convey?

I have many photos of communities I’ve been in behind myself in the painting, like friends, classmates, and my family. Putting pictures of people and groups kind of brings a connection between myself and the communities I’ve been in, how I’m related to all these people who have influenced my life.

I think the photos of myself and friends bring a sort of friendly look to my painting, because behind me I have many layers of photos of smiling people. My face, however, kind of looks like I’m smirking, which sort of suggests sly-ness. I think I was just trying to portray my whole life and all the experiences that I’ve been through in a painting.

What part of your work are you most proud of? What part of your work were you most challenged by?

I’m pretty proud of my background, because it was quite challenging to cut out the people perfectly and lay them on the canvas so the layered each other in the way I wanted it, with no blank spaces. I liked the way it formed a nice collage background that fits with the main focus of the portrait. I also liked how the are cut in a way that shapes around my face.

Drawing myself on the canvas was pretty challenging, because it’s hard for me to draw realistic people, especially if it’s myself. And I screwed up on my boxes to help draw in proportion.

Overall, though, I’m pretty proud of my work. I like the final result and am happy with it.


Research on a Self-Portrait Artist

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Title: Self-Portrait

Year: 1963-1964

Artist: Andy Warhol

Medium: acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas; in four parts

Size: 40 x 32 in. (101.6 x 81.3 cm.)

This was Andy Warhol’s very first self portrait, made, obviously, by himself. Any Warhol is very famous and known world-wide, mostly because of his many Campbell Soup artworks and his Marilyn Monroe works.

The picture consists of four blue photos of his young self, wearing sunglasses and a tie. In the lower right panel, he has signed it as ‘To Mrs. B, Andy 64.’ He was commissioned to make it in 1963 by Florence Barron, a well-known collector,  for $1,600. It was later sold at an auction in New York on May 11th, 2011, for-believe it or not- a whooping 38 million dollars. The auction was described as ‘the longest auction in history’ and took around 16 minutes.