Self Portrait Completed!

Finally done!  In case you missed it, a week or so ago I posted with some in-progress pictures of my self-portrait.  I left off with the "Jake Gyllenhall" phase, and am happy to say that the painting improved a lot since then!

 Whew!  I no longer look like Donnie Darko.

I was ready to throw down the brush at this point, but my husband told me the nose wasn't big enough.  Just what was he trying to say?!  Actually he was right.  So I fixed the nose and added a few more details.

I used a mirror as reference, but I kind of wish I had used a photo so I could show a comparison.  I tried to find a picture of me where I'm looking square at the camera and not smiling.  Here's the closest I came up with (kind of old, with different hair and glasses, so use your imagination a bit):

So anyway.  That was fun.


  1. Great piece . . . wish I had that kind of artistic talent. :0)

  2. Ok Sarah. Reach out in front of you and wiggle your fingers. Tada! You've just passed your inspiration and motivation onto me! If only it was that easy......Nice painting, by the way. ; )

  3. Haha, believe me Abby, if I was as busy as you are, I doubt I'd find the time or energy to do very much painting!

    Thanks guys!

  4. I think it turned out well. Mirrors are actually better to use because it forces you to really look at the subject, where photographs can come out flat in areas.