The inspiration for this self-portrait came from someone else's mistake.
One of my students asked for help assembling her portfolio as she prepares for transfer to her next college upon receiving her Associates degree. Hannah is a great student, very respectful and attentive to her work, and I believe she's going to make a fabulous art instructor.
As we looked through her previous work, I was struck by a self-portrait that she had made in my beginning Drawing course. The proportions were clearly incorrect. But what I found interesting was the fact that all of the facial features were in proportion with each other, but they were out of scale with the rest of the head. After explaining why the drawing was not correct in the realm of realism, I spent some time telling her why this artwork was still quite good, despite her unintentional distortion.
Oh yeah, I also told her that I would be "borrowing" the idea from her...
(Thanks a lot, Hannah!)
#178 April 16, 2011, Pen on vellum
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