Purpose of the exercise:
Making this portrait early on in the module will provide a valuable record of your drawing skills at the start of the course. This record of your current drawing skills will enable you to assess and appreciate how your confidence and skills improve at a later date.
Sit about an arms length from a suitable mirror. Draw your self portrait to the best of your ability using any medium you like i.e. pencil, charcoal, pen and ink. When you have finished date and sign your work. Spend at least an hour on this exercise, more if needed.
People can be highly critical of their drawing skills and their perceptions of what constitutes good drawing, especially when making self portraits. However if you look closely at your work, more than likely there will be areas of the drawing and marks you have made that you find surprising and satisfying. If you find yourself being highly critical of the quality of your work, be patient. Drawing is not an inherent skill. It can be taught and it can be learned.
Upload your Self Portrait to your blog/online portfolio along with you work from todays class. Making sure it is clearly visible, in focus and oriented the right way round!