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self-portrait by bigbigtruck self-portrait by bigbigtruck
First self portrait since 2003. I'd never gotten to use the multi-colored pencil method on a close-up face, so I used my own.
I was wearing sparkly purple eyeshadow, hee.

It feels weird putting my own face up on the internet D:

Ref'd in a portable cosmetic mirror that I keep around for expressions and hands.

Prismacolor pencil, white ink, india ink, acrylic paint on bristol.
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wiremu Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015  Student General Artist
Rad use of colour!
youthedesigner Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
Nice work! We featured this on our blog: [link]
bigbigtruck Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
Ahkroma Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's hard to use so many colors on the skin and you made it really well, awesome technique. :heart:
Cavefire Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Reminds me of the vauve style
KNADIO Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
What did u use to get that glossy white effect?
bigbigtruck Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Professional General Artist
White ink & white acrylic paint :)
appletwilight Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010
i love using vibrant colors. i think the less common they are on the face, the more characteristics the portrait has
joaofm Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
Great portrait, seriously !
bigbigtruck Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
LeeLeng Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
davidroman Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
Petsuchos-Isis Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Man, this is awesome. Don't take this the wrong way, but I'm probably in love with your neck. :lol: It's so neat, colourful, and yet accurate. The hatching you used throughout the piece makes it look marvelous. And that's not just because I love hatching. Plus, you overlapped colours that would normally clash, but in this mindset, they work hilariously well! The bits of more obvious contour line [under your left eye on the cheek; neck] also help give it the realistic element.
The remnants of scribbling on your hand [which is fantastically drawn] are really great. Especially because there's not a defined end when you get to the actual arm.
The attention to highlights is just delicious. Your pinky being a good example. The tick marks of white [forehead; cheek], despite being so small, add so much.
The nose and lips are a common place for error and re-do, but you crafted them very skillfully, so props to you!
Plus, gotta love the expression. It seems so animated, despite being a ref. Also, it seems as if I can almost see the orbicularis oculi...
fivesix Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008   Traditional Artist
this is brilliant! the color works perfectly!
tperlow27 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008
your use of color is magnificant!! i love this, it is beautiful and holds alot of emotion in your stare!
Subishi Featured By Owner May 11, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love how detailed it looks but how thick the colored strokes are - and in general I love anyone who can pull off this style of coloring, I've always wanted to be able to :D I really like your hand especially!
FreeRangeDorito Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008
It looks like it--er, you could move!

It seems like in places (around the eyes in particular), you rendered yourself pretty cruelly. I totally understand. I have the girliest of girly faces, but when I draw myself, I make these crazy eyebrows and I'm just vicious about my own face.

If you drew yourself like a barbie, I wouldn't wanna watch you anymore. XD Self portraits really show a lot about the artist. Yay! You're not egotistical! Way to go.
bigbigtruck Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008  Professional General Artist
Well, I'm 30, so I am starting to get tiny little crow's feet - but yeah, I tend to be harsh in self-portraits :)
zecaarruda Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008
simple and strong... i was looking at your work... very good... but i hope u to make more portraits like this one... if u gonna do that plz let me know... happy new year
bigbigtruck Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks!! I love coloring this way, so hopefully will get to do more of this soon. Thanks for the encouragement :D
jerlovesjesus Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2007
this is beautiful, i love the hand and neck especially.
tef74 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so beautiful!
edgejr Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007  Student General Artist
OllieTeo Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007
Rahhh I always loved your crazy color use in your still lifes... they make a picture so much more vibrant. :D
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