I spent this past weekend working on my entry for the Expression 2 Challenge, which I will be posting here in a couple of weeks. I am so excited about that project because it pushed me to do something I have been wanting to do --give faces more dimension-- and opened the door to something I had no idea that I could do --make faces that look like a unique person.
So, today I am sort of skipping a step that lead me here so that I can keep my entry to myself for a bit longer, and jump to making portraits. This is a leap of faith because I only just started this and I have so much to learn, but I think figuring this out will make my die cut vignettes more real and more interesting.
To add to the difficulty, although that wasn't the point, I started with a picture I took of myself. It helps that I don't really know most of the people who read this blog in my day-to-day life because I took a picture in our messy office, without makeup or my hair styled! Lots of forehead showing too!
This is the process I took to figure out my face. As you may know, we don't really know what we look like. At least I don't. We don't see ourselves nearly as much as we see our co-workers, spouse, child, and neighbors. I know generally what I look like, and I certainly recognize myself in a reflection, but to duplicate my features, I had to take a picture. What I did not want was a paper replica of a portrait; no, I wanted a unique piece of work that looked like me.
|I played around with background colors to see what I liked best. I have all that fun Circle paper to play with so that's what I grabbed for fun.|