However, I decided to set myself this challenge and though the outcome looks nothing like me at all, it is another starting point to move on from.
The first question is the inevitable one - what makes a self portrait? I would say that it absolutely does not need to be a recognisable 'head and shoulders' as per traditional portraits (though in this era of the selfie, we seem to have reverted to this at least in photographs). A self portrait could take any aspect of you whether that is physical, emotional, interests, skills, history, events etc. etc. and become a portrait. Any single image or artwork will not be able to encompass everything, so perhaps best to concentrate on one or two features.
I chose to use my 'personality colours' from the previous post as the background and to superimpose a version of a line drawing of my face as the foreground. The face was never supposed to be the main feature, it was just a hint that the colours are portraying the personality under the skin.
|An interpretation of my personality (as decided by my students) in colour.|
|Perhaps I should have gone with this one? Except I thought the teeth might be an issue?|
Eventually a simple crop and b&w transformation was all I used, then using the photocopier, enlarged the image to the correct size and traced the lines onto 'press and seal'. I hadn't come across this before, but it is a sticky version of clingfilm which presses onto the fabric and holds itself into place whilst being stitched over then can be torn away. Neat, though a bit fiddly when removing the last bits on the rough fibrous surface of the fabric.
|Tracing off the enlarged image onto press and seal|
|Laying the press and seal over the background ready to stitch my face onto it.|
|Face on! Lots of blending and detailing to do yet|
|Getting there - more stitching and gilding to add highlights. Got to have a bit of glam, no?|
|Maybe finished. I am hanging myself on the curtain for assessment for a few days||.|
The light wasn't too great to capture the colours and the gilding in the piece, but you get the idea. May be I will call it 'Wrinkles-r-me'.