Monday, May 4, 2009

Easy Self-Portraits

1. Find a subject for a self-portrait.  I have two very willing subjects. I did not have to do my own.
2. Take the subject's photo with a digital camera.

3. Use your photo-editing program to crop the photo so that the face takes up most of the rectangle, then change the color to gray-scale.  Fuss with the brightness/contrast to get a nice, light photo with deep shadows and good dark lines.
4. Print the photo to fit the paper.

5. Tape the photo to a bright window at shoulder height, and tape a blank piece of paper over the top of it.
6.  Now you are ready to draw your self-portrait.  If a child is doing the self-portrait, inform him ahead of time that the finished product will NOT look exactly like him.  In fact, for some this might be a good Halloween project, lol.  Depending on child's ability, he can just draw the lines he sees or he can shade in the shadows.

7. Ta-da!


  1. Oh, that's a neat idea! We will have to try that sometime.

    Yuma? What's in Yuma?

  2. This looks like a great activity that all three kids would enjoy doing! Thanks!

    Blessings, Julie

  3. tinderheartedteenMay 6, 2009 at 5:20 AM

    lol from what i hear your gonna be stayin with my family so.... you'll have to deal with babies more than teenagers.. and as for a new pic... with my really short hair and my goatee' um.... id look like a convict... so not a good idea. but i'll look into it. SEE YA!!

  4. foxvalleyfamilyMay 6, 2009 at 8:15 AM

    Oh - I LOVE this idea! Thanks for sharing!


  5. Hi there - We did this this afternoon, and loved it! Would it be okay if we linked to your post? ( I just want to give you credit for your great idea!) ;-)



  6. the girls did a wonderful job.

  7. What a clever idea! You seem to be full of great ideas.

  8. tinderheartedteenMay 7, 2009 at 5:31 AM

    Now hold on. you didn't ask where the convict thing came from. I was told the other day that if you look at me when I'm mad at something i look like I'm one. but since I'm never mad it doesn't matter.

  9. the girls' portraits turned out pretty good! i see bethy even captured that crooked tooth! such nice strong eyebrows, too.

  10. Not contrived at all! I like it!! Modeling and tracing are valid ways to hone art skills in my opinion. :-)

    Sprite wants to try it.

  11. Cute idea, Sally!

    As far as "getting it" the snapping turtle is getting ready bite the kitten's tail. I think it would have been better if they'd said, "In 10 . . . 9 . . . 8 . . ." It would have made more sense.

    Get it now?


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