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Re: self portrait ideas

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Fran Marze (
Wed, 28 Apr 1999 18:59:19 -0400 (EDT)

This sounds like a great project and thoughtful. I hope people continue
with this self portrait vein. Some good things for next year. One idea I
tried this year with ARt II students was a self portrait done in an oil
washoff technique that a returning student showed us. He is at the ARt
Institute and brought his work in. You need to draw a self portrait on a
piece of illustration board, spray this with workable fixative. Brush on
gesso. Redraw the portrait with a soft drawing pencil (like a general's)
then spray again with fixative. Then use undiluted oil color (burnt
sienna) Use turpentine or turpenoid and brushes and take out the
highlights and then use a darker tone to put in the shadows. I had the
students add a background that expressed who they were. One student wore
Mickey Mouse ears and had a Disney world background, Another had a NYC
skyline, etc. THis was their first oil experience and they only used one
color. We were pretty much out of burnt sienna so they used other colors
and those worked as well. I love when former students visit with ideas
and/or their work.

Fran in Pittsburgh, PA. Hey it's been sunny!