I worked roughly 17 hours on this portrait. I can boldly say, “I poured every ounce of my being in this project and class. AND I am proud of myself.” During this final critique, everyone presented a considerable amount of work in only a few days. With more time, I’m confident that all of us would have even more beautiful portraits. I firmly believe that this project should remain in the course syllabus. It is very rewarding to see hard work on display. Also, this project is far more intimate than any other so far. Getting to know what your face looks like and appreciate the art in your face is an amazing experience. This project does a whole lot more than tie the class together. I got to know myself a little bit better. My face is not symmetrical, the value of my skin isn’t uniformed, my glasses sit awkwardly on my face, and my eyes are two completely different sizes. And it’s still a pretty good face.
The main concerns of this critique were value and form. The interplay between form and value make the self-portrait come alive. Even though these portraits are 2d, it seems as if it could be 3d. I found out that the mirror image is considered a 2d image. It doesn’t seem like it. Does it? I thought my reflection was a 3d image. The light hitting my face creates form. Therefore, I see a 3d image that is actually 2d.
This class was fun and a great experience. I think I can call myself an artist now.