Clean, simple, muted.
Diverging completely from a style that was progressively simplistic, this portrait has a completely new feel. I was growing out a shaved side and (I guess) feeling pretty badass. I’ve never worn that much makeup in my life.
This was the first self-portrait I did in Adobe Illustrator. My previous portraits were created in Photoshop, which I learned first and was more comfortable using. But the more you use a program, the better you get! This was an exercise in improving my Illustrator skills.
When I was a kid, I used to draw all these faces with swirly eyes on them. I’m not exactly sure where I got the idea, but this is a throwback to my kiddie doodle days.
I submitted this self-portrait as part of an application to an art program when I was applying to schools in Baltimore, Maryland. I was accepted to the program, but ultimately decided it wasn’t the right fit.
Those glasses were red in real life.
This was the first time I used a Wacom tablet to create a self-portrait. I was still getting a feel for drawing digitally and executed this in an extremely inefficient manner, but the experience left me excited about all the possibilities of digital art. So much room for error! So many mistakes instantaneously erased! I was enthralled. Just look at my expression.