Self-portraits can be difficult.
We are often the most critical of our artwork. Now combine that with the criticism we experience when looking in a mirror and a self-portrait can be quite frustrating. Often we end up looking serious and almost statuesque. Instead of this stoic look, lets add some life our self-portraits by taking away some of the realism. By warping our image we take away the concern of getting the proportions just right. We can loosen up and be expressive in our line, shapes, and colors. In the end the portrait could be a better representation of ourselves than the representational, realistic images we come to know.
Francis Bacon, 1975. “I loathe my own face. . . . I’ve done a lot of self-portraits, really because people have been dying around me like flies and I’ve nobody else left to paint but myself.”