The Self Portrait Challenge

In my entire career as a painter, nothing was ever harder than painting portraits. For some reason, I can’t get pass the human, in order to focus on colors, shadows and shape, like I usually do, when paintings landscapes and animals.

This makes is extremely hard, and it’s the main reason which kept me away from ever getting myself into trying to paint humans.

As in the past year I took a few challenges in order to become a better painter, why not giving portraits another chance?

Even if not exactly a self portrait, but more of a portrait, I’m happy I gave it a chance. With a bit of guidance, the shapes and shadows are definitely on the right track, and I’m confident some more practice would definitely get me there.

self portrait

Ok, it was a lot of fun, but I must admit, it takes a lot more than this, to get me out of my favorite type of painting: nature and animals 🙂 Still, for a first try, I’m more than happy with it!


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19 thoughts on “The Self Portrait Challenge

  1. It is always difficult to paint down the portraits. Because along with the features we have to paint down emotions and expressions in it. But you have done such an excellent job here. Such a beautiful portrait Lucy. Have a great time. 🙂

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    • Thank you so much, Laura! Indeed, painting humans is very difficult. It has to look organic, alive, full of emotions and similar to the person you have in mind. I think they are quite challenging, but for a first try, I’m also pretty happy with it. Definitely room for improvement, but not a bad start. Have a lovely day!

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