Its been a long time since I painted a self-portrait. The last one that I did was probably way back in Art School. So I felt that it was time to do a new one that reflects my dark, scary self. I’ve always felt that painting a self-portrait is an excellent exercise for artists and illustrators, and is arguably one of the more difficult subjects for us to tackle.
For this portrait, I chose to paint myself during a moment of drifting off, elsewhere into deep thought (which I am often known to do). And, as those who know me well can attest to, I am probably lost in the creative zone thinking about my work. This is why I chose to incorporate some of my unfinished character sketches surrounding me in the background. I also chose to portray myself wearing my Ozzy Osbournesque dark sunglasses, skull earrings, and a t-shirt featuring some sort of creature, which is how I am most often dressed.