2017 Week 2: The Self

One of the scariest things to do is to reveal oneself through art. By putting your own likeness onto the page, you are immortalizing yourself for the world to see. And yet, artists throughout the ages have brought forth works that capture not only their likeness, but the true self within the page.

A couple months ago, I discovered a saying that is the inspiration of this weeks challenge:

The Japanese say you have three faces. The first face, you show to the world. The second face, you show to your close friends and family. The third face, you never show anyone. It is the truest reflection of who you are.

This week is a variation of the self-portrait. To create a reflection of yourself that reveals something deeper about yourself. No, this does not have to be your “truest reflection” but try to make it a statement about who you are as an individual.

If you find it difficult to get your own likeness onto the page, don’t be afraid to use a mirror and a dry-erase marker to trace yourself (strange, I know, but it works. Sean has done it several times for art projects).

This challenge may be difficult for some of us, but don’t try to rush it. Tell your own personal story. Take your time to think about what you want to convey and have fun with it.

If you are interested in joining in on this crazy journey, please follow these simple steps to submit in your drawings to be shared!


Here’s me and my mask. The warrior and the peacekeeper underneath. I drew it originally with pencil and went over it with micron pens and then added color with copic markers. While it doesn’t look exactly like me, I like how it came out – STKerr

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