As soon as I started painting portraits I would get asked "Are you going to paint a self portrait?". The reply would always be, "Someday", which was a good way to say "I really don't know". Sure, Rembrandt did it, a lot. And so did a host of other painters throughout time. I figured I would paint one of my own eventually because, why not? But to actually commit weeks and weeks of time behind the easel devoted to looking at your own face? The idea took some getting used to.
So yes, this year was the year. The painting is a little under life size and it took me just about four months. The entire process was done in six steps:
Step one: Spend several years over-thinking the entire endeavor. Wonder about the setting, outfit, what background..........what is this going to look like?!
Step two: Realize that keeping it simple is best and be a little upset you didn't think of that years ago.
Step Three: Search on the internet for tutorials on how to take a photograph of yourself. Here is a pic of my hand holding the camera remote:
Step four: Casually dismiss the voice in your head that is screaming "This is the most vain thing you have ever done!"
Step Five: Drive yourself crazy with every little detail.
Step Six: Done. Now go share it with the world and hope they don't think you are really that self centered. Because after all, it's just a painting.
See, six easy steps. Oh, and I made a video of the progress. Enjoy!