Hey look, I’m back for day 2!
Today’s image is from a class assignment to do a self-portrait in photoshop. I was just goofing around and thinking about what would be the ultimate self portrait. Then I started thinking about clones. They would make pretty accurate self portraits, wouldn’t they? Or maybe not.
Let’s say someone did manage to clone their self, and all the physical details were perfectly replicated. Cool. But all the memories, the experiences, the idea of the mind/soul that this person possesses – what about those? They seem to be a separate entity, things that are on a different plane of existence, not physical parts of the human body. So, something does get cloned, but isn’t it just the shell? An object that mimics the subject, but has no real connection with it?
That’s the reasoning behind the decapitated clone in this image. Something goes wrong in the cloning process, and the results aren’t quite right. Something’s missing. The practice of self-portraiture is interesting in those regards. Artists try to create a visual record of themselves. But these aren’t clones – not if a real effort to capture oneself is made. A good self portrait reflects more than just physical appearances. It is imbued with a part of the artist’s personality, their experiences, the essence of who they are. Sure, self portraits are an excellent way to practice drawing skills – but those drawings are rarely made to communicate with others.
I think I captured a bit of myself with this self-portrait. I’m a goofy person, and enjoy the process of play and how it develops into valuable ideas. This image is goofy and playful, and it’s a vehicle for me to discuss some of my life philosophy, and in that sense it’s a successful image. The composition and execution of the piece may not be where I want them, but nonetheless I kind of like it. It has value to me 🙂 Also, I learned a neat little trick to make the HUD (heads up display) elements on the image, using the pencil tool and zooming way in, drawing one pixel at a time. Has some pretty neat results!
I’ll be back tomorrow with another, adios!