Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Self Portrait Sequence

Hi, all! As you may or may not know, I'm taking a graphic novel creative writing class this semester. For homework last week we had to draw a series of self portraits, starting out very realistic but getting more cartoon-y. Since it turned out pretty cool, I thought I'd share it!

Panel 1: This is me, drawing myself as realistically as I possibly can. I drew this while looking at a photo of myself. I'm pretty pleased with the way it turned out, seeing as I really only ever draw cartoons. I decided to do sort of a grayscale thing with this panel since I can't color something and keep it looking realistic.

Panel 2: This is me... as some kind of marching band superhero. Because... why not? I tried to use sort of a comic book style like I've been trying to learn from my Stan Lee book. I especially tried to use heroic proportions (that is, I eyeballed it and tried to make the character taller than a normal human being).

Panel 3: I tried several times to draw a super-cartoonish, almost chibi-looking portrait of myself, but couldn't get it to work right. I ended up watching a few Avatar: The Last Airbender shorts and sort of trying to use those characters as an example. Here's a link to the video:

I think my favorite panel is the second one. For the record, my professor thought the idea of a marching band superhero was really cool. I might have to play around with that a bit...


  1. I love your drawings. The realistic one is very faded though in the scan. You might want to boost the contract or trace over it with a pen.

    1. Thanks for the tip!
      (although it does look a little better when you click and enlarge it)