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Self-Portrait Challenge day 1



This is my first portrait for the 30 Day Self-Portrait Challenge.  It took me 1/2 an hour to create – media used: micron pen, copic markers and pencil crayons. I’m sure many of you watch TV – at least one hour a day.  You could bring your journal or as i do your clipboard with cardstock and draw/doodle while watching TV. As you can see i chose to draw myself without glasses this time.


P.S.  Can you see – i have 30 heads in this art journal page – yes – the blobs are stylized heads Smile

For my Canadian friends who were off enjoying the long weekend i thought i would repost this to let you know about the 30 Day Challenge i am giving myself and my readers.  You create a portrait of yourself a day for 30 days – since August has 31 days i decided to start today.  Read yesterday’s blog for more information.  You can read about my motivation to begin this wee project.

I’ve set up a Flickr 30 Day Self-Portrait Challenge if you want to post your images there or you can leave me a link in the comments section here to your blog or you can even mention it on twitter and link to me so we can check out your fab portraits!

The Benefits

The benefits in taking part in a challenge such as this are naturally your art will improve the more you create, you will begin to “know” yourself better, you’ll have more fodder for your journal pages, you will become stronger since you WILL persevere, your creativity will soar as you find innovative ways to interpret the challenge.

Don’t worry if you hit a wall for ideas – I will give you lots of ideas as i create a new portrait a day.  Tomorrow I’ll be making a “crayon self-portrait” – that should be a blast as i haven’t done one in over 10 years! I’ll be doing caricatures, silhouettes with words in them, painted faces, coloured faces, black and white portraits and more!  I’ll be showing you how i will incorporate some of my faces into my journal pages and how to leverage copies of your favourite portraits.  

If you are already involved in taking an online class or doing another challenge such as the Sketchbook Challenge fear not – you can leverage your portraits by fitting them in with your other projects.  I do that all the time!

Thank you so very much to everyone who decided to take up the challenge with me – this is going to be so much fun!  If you like you can pass this 30 Day Challenge along to your friends too – the more the merrier! Just START wherever you are – if you are late in joining simply BEGIN…….and take part in the 30 day challenge from there.


P.S. – don’t go to bed before having your portrait completed – even if it’s just a 10 minute doodle Smile

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    “Self-Portrait Challenge day 1”

    1. On August 2nd, 2011 at 7:21 pm Karen Pruzansky Says:

      What a wonderful idea. I like your portrait. I’ll try it later when I can sqeeze in time. Love the idea of drawing while watching tv. Do you look in a mirror when you do the self portrait or just from memory? Now what did I look like????Haha. Thanks again for another wonderful idea.

    2. On August 2nd, 2011 at 8:19 pm Amy Says:

      I love it! I like the sort of cartoony/characature style- I might try this in a few day’s time… I want to get better at lifelike portraits first, and then I’ll try to stylise one of those :)

    3. On August 2nd, 2011 at 8:28 pm Scatter Says:

      You’re too cute! Love it! I did draw a face today too, not nearly as cute as yours, but I’ll keep working on it!

    4. On August 2nd, 2011 at 8:58 pm Dale Anne Potter Says:

      AWESOME face today Violette, you INSPIRE ME!!!

    5. On August 2nd, 2011 at 8:59 pm Timaree Says:

      I just finished the last assignment for one class so will do my portrait next. I am really a beginner at faces so this is a real challenge.

      I love how yours came out!

    6. On August 2nd, 2011 at 9:36 pm Dale Anne Potter Says:

      Oh just realized you might not have any one’s Avatar showing up…..YOU CAN DELETE THIS!

    7. On August 10th, 2011 at 4:57 pm Violette's Creative Juice » Blog Archive » Self-Portrait Challenge day 9: felt pens Says:

      [...] hope you are all coming along well with your 30 day Self-Portrait Challenge!  I have been so busy that I’ve neglected to post my images on the Flickr site – [...]

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