A few posts ago, I talked about how comfortable the digital process is for me with my armor painting study. Continuing with that train of thought, I dove right into another self portrait. If I didn't know any better I would start to think that I am full of myself. But since I'm an "artist" I can justify looking in the mirror for long periods. Hell, Rembrandt went poor buying clothing to paint himself in (I'm certain I just made half of that up).
It's a masterpiece isn't it?
I have a lot of work still left to do fumbling through understanding concepts of painting. And as it has been pointed out to me in other projects, I struggle with value as well as color. But since I'm aware of my struggles I can actually do something about it. From here I will figure out the mysteries of painting hair, add the reddish tones all across my face and facial hair, and some where towards the end I will attempt at textures (plus fixing facial elements like my mouth).
Besides all the work I have left to do, I am very happy finding something that is comfortable to do. I feel that projects like this build my confidence in my artistic abilities, which I lose after seeing what I consider failure in my work. As always, I am always my harshest critic.