Weekly artist series: Week 10 of 10 Part 3 LUCIAN FREUD: your self-portrait sketch.

Week 10 Part 3 Lucian Freud

A self-portrait is a representation of an artist, drawn, painted, photographed, or sculpted by the artist. Although self-portraits have been made by artists since the earliest times, it is not until the Early Renaissance in the mid 15th century that artists can be frequently identified depicting themselves as either the main subject, or as important characters in their work. With better and cheaper mirrors, and the advent of the panel portrait, many painters, sculptors and printmakers tried some form of self-portraiture. [source]

Caterina van Hemessen's 1548 self-portrait

Lucian Freud’s portrait penetrate the soul of the sitter and the viewer.  His self-portraits are awesome and awe-inspiring.

It’s challenging to look at yourself with that same penetration.  UGH.  But, necessary.

Today, we draw ourselves in preparation for Art House Co-op Self-Portrait Project:

Find a photo of yourself.  Or use a mirror.

Photo of me by my student, Melanie. Hands are covered in spray paint- not blood!


Ok.  Start sketching.

Well, that was painful!

Next time:


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3 Comments Add yours

  1. You’re beautiful. I don’t understand why that was painful. In the sketch you look wise, a little sad and content.

    1. Oh, Courtenay, thanks for that. You’re amazing! HUGS!

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