THE SELF POTRAIT

Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 11:13 PM
Title: The Self Potrait
Medium: Pencil
Dimension: 37.5cm X 27.3cm
Artist: Johan Ishak
Time/Date: {Time not recorded}, 28 Nov 1989
Place of Creation: Shah Alam
Current Owner: With the artist
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T the age of 14, I attempted my first potrait by pencil. It's a self potrait based on a photo of me at the age of 8 (at the bottom right). This is the only self potrait I have ever done. Did a few more of images of friends and relatives but somehow I stopped doing it - the last was about 12 years ago in Australia. It requires too much time and it was, and is still, certainly a difficult task especially the eye bit. If you get the eye wrong, you'll get the whole potrait looking rather spastic in comparison to the original image. Perhaps one day I should try to do it again but maybe with oil paint instead.

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