Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The New Narcissism


I just received my latest issue of Artist's Magazine in the mail today, and I misread the cover blurb as The New Narcissism.  (It's actually The New Classicism--is that even a word?) As such, I feel obliged to put a self-portrait here. This was a drawing done during art school several months ago. (And which I entered into the magazine's self-portrait contest...and got nothin'.)

The pose may look familiar; most people have seen the striking National Geographic photo of the Afghan girl. I looked at the famous photo to see how the head scarf was draped, then draped myself with one, and set up in front of a mirror to draw myself from life, in 2 sessions of 2.5 hours each.  

I remember it took a really long time to figure out how to position myself so that I could be in that position in the mirror and still have my drawing board in front of me (without actually hitting the mirror) and my drawing tools easily enough to hand that I wouldn't disrupt the head scarf too much while reaching down to sharpen charcoal, etc.



More art on my website: jalapfaff.com

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