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Brushing Up By Myrna Wacknov

Self-Portraits in the Digital Age Find creative approaches for self-portraits with digital devices and applications.

endless variations of poses and lighting. You can play with distortion, expression and interpretation without worrying about the sensibilities of the model. Some artists are interested in expressing a political viewpoint (Robert Arneson); others are focused on self-revelation (Frida Kahlo); others want to work out new ideas and techniques using a familiar image (Chuck Close). Every artist should create at least one self-portrait. Approaching the traditional self-portrait with inspiration provided by digital devices and photo-manipulating applications can spark imaginative variations on this classic theme.

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ABOVE: Self-portrait A is watercolor over collage. Painting B is watercolor on Yupo, which allowed me to lift paint and explore textures. Both are 15x22.

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artistsmagazine.com

SELF-PORTRAITURE IS A CENTURIES-OLD THEME for art-

ists; snapping a digital “selfie” is a favorite pastime of the younger generation. While the selfie is all about superficial appearance, a self-portrait is useful to an artist for many other reasons. The subject of a selfportrait is always available to you so, at any time, you can practice drawing and painting the head with

TAKE A SELFIE Start by snapping a selfie. If you have a Mac computer, you can use the Photo Booth application (standard on Macs for several years). It uses the computer’s built-in camera and has a delay function so you can get into various poses. Some PC computers have built-in cameras; for those that don’t, you can purchase add-ons. I prefer using the amazing camera built into my smart phone (an iPhone 6 Plus) because of its portability and flexibility. It allows me to change the lighting and the camera angle. When the ear buds are plugged in, the volume control on the wire acts as a shutter release, making it easier to record the shot. A tablet like the iPad enables me to shoot selfies at additional interesting angles. You can also use Android devices and, of course, a stand-alone digital camera.

The artist's magazine easyindochinatravel  

ART AND COMMERCE are supposed to be at odds, but even purists acknowledge that the tradition of patronage— worldly popes, vainglorious kings...

The artist's magazine easyindochinatravel  

ART AND COMMERCE are supposed to be at odds, but even purists acknowledge that the tradition of patronage— worldly popes, vainglorious kings...

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