With the advent of the digital age (and everyone having their fifteen minutes of fame via social media) the notion of self actualisation - in screen form anyway - is well and truly upon us. Choosing to portray ourselves in an edited and filtered form via the "selfie" is one that some laugh at and others take very seriously. But this notion of capturing the essence of what we think is our selves in our best or most dramatic light is not a new one. I have always been fascinated with portraits. I love the old pompous oil paintings of mammoth proportion that adorn the halls of national galleries. There is a hall in the NGV here in Melbourne filled with these paintings of lords and ladies. They are so serious and stern all dressed in their best regalia with soft and moody lighting. My partner calls this particular hall "The Room of Pomposity". This always makes me laugh. But I am always fascinated by this room and never miss it on a visit to the gallery.
|My self with my partner in the Musee D'Orsay, Paris 2012|
Up on this terrace I took pictures of a raven exploring the building. My love for art and design in this building was sparked to life. If anyone asks why I chose a path of art and design perhaps I could answer "I blame Paris".
The whole experience for me was one that reached my core. I fell in love with Paris, with the gallery and with art all over again in this museum. It was on this trip that I found my love of drawing and realised I needed to do this every day. There is a room dedicated to a selection of Vincent Van Gogh's pieces that had a long line to get in. My heart felt the squeeze as I watched the line. If Van Gogh could have known just how his work would affect those after he passed… I couldn't help but feel tears well up when I stood in front of his self portrait in this room. It was like a message from the past - make art, share art, enjoy art. Don't waste any moment of being alive. It was a deep and perhaps hard to explain moment of coming back to the heart - and coming back to the art.
|Self Portrait Vincent Van Gogh|
|The day I learnt how to use Adobe Illustrator. Although overwhelmed by this new technology I saw the potential to learn this and other creative software programs for the purpose of creativity. |
I added the wording as personal affirmations.
|Self portrait June 2013 - as part of a self set drawing challenge. |
You can read about this challenge here: Cock-a-doodle-do
|Self portrait created January 2014 as part of a final assessment that looked at opportunities for emerging illustrators. My signature in this portrait became my official logo which I use now.|
I drew six other portraits in this series. You can see them here: Little Illustrators - portraits of Australian Illustrators
|This self portrait was created entirely on photoshop - I hadn't ever drawn in photoshop before this portrait.|
|This self portrait I sketched out in pencil in my journal while lying in bed sick one weekend. |
My cat sat up near my pillow and so I decided to incorporate her into the portrait.