Oils on 20 x 20 inch canvas. No need for flattery with a self portrait. I held the camera at arms length and stood directly under the electric light.

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A good realistic portrait.

Chiseled features in the face that hold interest well... plus it has an honest, authentic, bare-bones approach to portraiture which is different. It seems the best light possible is so often sought that this starkly realistic work makes a good change of pace. Well done!

Thanks Aileen.

Thanks RL. I always try to be honest, although that doesn't always go down well. Take a look at the Survivor painting in the Critques Forum and see what I mean.

Awesome portrait, Mike! Wonderful sense of realism, excellent details and sense of texture (I especially like how the texture contrasts against the comparatively smooth background). Well done!

ThanksThaneeya。 I'm working on new paintings now。


Love the lighting choice, and the resulting play of light and shadow over the features. Most awesome!

really terrific quality.  The honesty and the touch.  Nice.

I love this painting because I feel like it reveals more than how you look but also seems to convey to me a lot about how you feel and how you look back at the world.  Brilliant.



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