30x20 inches, oil paint
After slaving away since the end of November, I’ve finally finished my painting. I have suddenly become so interested in self portraiture and I have decided to do a painting of myself at the end of each year, just to see how I might be improving as an artist and changing as a person.
I painted this for myself - for a long time I was motivated to draw because of the response I got from people on the internet (likes/comments on facebook/tumblr etc.) and I realised that I was drawing things that I knew would be popular when I uploaded them, so I never tried to do anything too different or personal because I knew it wouldn’t get as many hits. Although getting feedback is still really important to me, I’ve decided to paint and draw things that have more meaning to me, not what would get the most reblogs and look good on a t-shirt.
Basically I’m going to stop fretting about the internet, I’m not going to let the number of likes and retweets determine whether or not I should be proud of a piece, this is my first ever proper oil painting, and I’m happy with it