Looking through some very old sketches yesterday caused me to take a look back at an interesting exercise. I attended the community college for their art program in the early 90’s. During an entire semester we were given an assignment to do a self portrait, once a week, for the entire semester. It was a study that forced one to take a really good look in the mirror. Early on, it was difficult to recognize my likeness. This reflected image was as close as I could get and the final result. It’s difficult to judge if the outcome was more influenced by an artist’s skill or the way we see ourselves. I liked the sketch that I did one week before this however, my insensitive instructor expressed that it was not an accurate rendition but rather, one that made me appear better than I really did! It was an interesting and difficult assignment but one I recommend to try. If you are a willing model it’s a good way to sharpen your skills!