Egomaniac

They say over-exaggerated eyes in self-portraits are a sign of raging egomania! Sorry!

This is a self-portrait in charcoal. Erased highlight. You cover the paper in a thick layer of charcoal and erase the highlights with a pen eraser (eraser in a plastic tube, much like a pen or pencil). This was the best project I had in drawing in college.

I hate drawing.

But this was less like drawing and more like taking mistakes away. It was really hard to mess it up. The image slowly emerged over time, but each take-away was more and more revealing, exciting. Kind of like life. 🙂

After I drew/erased the portrait, I scanned in and played with the composition. I used this in printmaking as well and people seemed to dig it. I was much heavier then. You can tell from my face/chin.

Do you fall in love with your own face?

Yes. Yes, you do.

I smashed the two halves of our faces together (my husband and I) one day and realized, “I fell in love with my own face!”

How utterly narcissistic. LOL Falling in love with your own face and then photoshopping your faces together. Both of those things are nar-suh-friggin’-sistic. 😀

But it’s true.

Granted, I don’t have the same skin tone and dark features, but! our facial symmetry is astonishing. To me. I did not stretch the image at all!

Are you part of a couple? Want me to smash your faces together to show you how much you look like your partner??

Send me two pix of same resolution size and facing forward in the same pose. Head shots. Send to martha.maggio@sbcglobal.net and I’ll smash ’em up for you! I love this theory.

If you send me your pix, I need your permission to share in future posts. K?

Can’t wait to see all the freaky faces.