Self Portrait Progression

This week I’ll be talking about the process that went into creating two of my self portrait illustrations that were created several years apart, and why it helps to create a portrait of yourself.

My first self portrait was created at the end of my freshman year in college. I had a fascination for stained glass at the time, so I created this self portrait as if it were a stained glass portrait. I used the pen tool in Adobe Photoshop to easily create the sharp shapes and fill them in fast. I loved making this project, because I had tried to make a self portrait before this one, with no success. I was not happy with any of them. This project changed that!

Kira Karboski Self Portrait.jpg

My first (successful) self portrait!

My second self portrait was created this year, and I loved making it even more than the first one! For this portrait, I included some of my beauty marks on my face to make it look more like me. I used the same technique I did before, but I definitely improved from before. The first portrait was created in Photoshop, and this new one was done in Adobe Illustrator. I think it made a difference!

self portrait_new!

It can really help to make a self portrait of yourself, and can strengthen your self image, and help you focus on what you really love about yourself and turn it into a beautiful work of art. Actually, creating any kind of art helps get your mind off of things, and can be therapeutic! Whenever I get really into an art project, like I did with the newer portrait, I get into the art zone, and throw myself into my work. I come out of it feeling better, and I created a nice piece of art, too!

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.