Expressive Self portrait 

This was Drawing and Textures assignment to create a self portrait using the same expressive line throughout to evoke an emotion.

 

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Expressive Line

I began the project by creating different types of line using any black or grey medium available to me. On nineteen inch by twenty-four inch bristol paper, I created a two inch grid of boxes for the purposes of organization and scale. Using paint, pencil, pens, marker, and charcoal, I applied the mediums with anything from my fingers to the handle of a paintbrush. I created each line rapidly and explored how weight and texture affected the emotional quality of each line. After I filled about three sheets worth of lines, I went through each line and assigned an emotion that best characterized it.  

 

Illustration of Portrait

Once all the lines were labeled an emotion, I selected one line to create a portrait that would display the emotion the line was assigned. Furthermore, I was only permitted to use that line to illustrate the portrait. I chose the line that represented "crazy." I printed hundreds of the "crazy" lines at various sizes and cut each line out and collaged them together to create the self-portrait. Once I completed the collage, I noticed that portrait lacked depth and volume. To solve that problem, I drew horizontal lines a half-an-inch separate from one another. I thickened the lines where there were shadows and removed the lines where there was light.

version one

version one

version two

version two

final version

final version