International Self Portrait Day - November 1st

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International Self Portrait Day - November 1st

Postby Tesseracts » Wed Oct 26, 2016 6:41 pm

International Self Portrait Day is a fake real holiday where you draw a self portrait. Then you post it to this Facebook page, this TCS thread, OR BOTH. I highly encourage everyone to participate even if you don't consider yourself a drawer.

The purpose is to track your progress by looking at the self portraits you create each year. I will post my past self portraits in this thread later. In the mean time, I'll post the progress of a couple of other artists. And if I can discover the names of the artists I'll edit this post to include credit.

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This event began on conceptart.org, an excellent art community which died a horrible death years ago due to mismanagement. Before that happened, the community was one of the very few places an inexperienced artist could go to learn how to improve their skills. I believe Self Portrait Day was inspired by Android Jones, a digital artist on ConceptArt who did one self portrait every day for a year. Here is one of them.

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Self portraits are a great drawing exercise because the best and fastest way to improve your skills is to draw from life. The closest living object is yourself, and you are also more willing to sit still than most living objects are. That said, if you want to draw from a photo of yourself I won't hold it against you, and it's still very much a worthwhile activity. It's a real challenge to draw facial features, because our minds are programmed to notice the peculiarities of faces, more so than other objects. (Unless perhaps you have face blindness.)

Self portraits are intimidating so I won't be surprised if I'm the only person here who does this event, but I hope somebody else is brave enough to try it. I created the thread for November 1st but it may be used for self portraits created on other days of the year as well.
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Re: International Self Portrait Day - November 1st

Postby Tesseracts » Wed Oct 26, 2016 6:54 pm

If anyone needs basic advice on representational drawing, here is a good free guide on that subject. Here is a post on a blog dedicated to the basics, and here is another post on that subject.

There are a lot of drawing guides for beginners which will teach you nothing. Websites like DeviantArt are full of drawing tutorials which are popular but don't actually help. I linked to methods which get results.
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Re: International Self Portrait Day - November 1st

Postby CarrieVS » Wed Oct 26, 2016 7:17 pm

Tesseracts wrote:Even if you don't consider yourself a drawer.


I've always considered myself a cupboard.
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Re: International Self Portrait Day - November 1st

Postby ghijkmnop » Wed Oct 26, 2016 7:27 pm

Can I post one from ~30 years ago?
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Re: International Self Portrait Day - November 1st

Postby Tesseracts » Wed Oct 26, 2016 7:33 pm

ghijkmnop wrote:Can I post one from ~30 years ago?

Yes, post it anytime.

I've always considered myself a cupboard.

There's no good word for people who draw. I could say "draughtsman," but that usually refers to technical drawing. Then what if you're a woman? Should I say draughtswoman? Draughtsperson? These terms are awful. If anyone had a term for "drawer" from another language I can steal, please tell me.
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Re: International Self Portrait Day - November 1st

Postby ghijkmnop » Thu Oct 27, 2016 5:35 pm

I would re-word the sentence as "even if you feel you can't draw well," but looking for foreign terms right now.

Possible alternates
sketcher
sketch artist
illustrator
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Re: International Self Portrait Day - November 1st

Postby JamishT » Thu Oct 27, 2016 8:43 pm

May I nominate as a synonym for drawer, "sketchy person"?
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Re: International Self Portrait Day - November 1st

Postby ghijkmnop » Mon Oct 31, 2016 11:09 pm

I managed to dig up a bunch from a series I did in 82, including an etching (and trust me when I say dig up-- they were packed in a box in a box inside another box). I'll shoot photos and post them here tomorrow.

Edit: wondering how many I can post before it is deemed unbelievable Narcissism.
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Re: International Self Portrait Day - November 1st

Postby ghijkmnop » Tue Nov 01, 2016 3:28 pm

Here are a couple. These were done during my MA endeavor as part of a self-discovery project. Back then I wasn't really into taking too many chances stylistically-- I was more concerned about being able to capture a look, and provide an accurate representation. I was also doing pretty much nothing but calculus and probability/statistics at the time (I was getting a Master's in Marketing), so I really needed to at least keep drawing.

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Re: International Self Portrait Day - November 1st

Postby Tesseracts » Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:17 pm

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I actually did it this year.
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