The work of art that I am most proud of is my self-portrait. Although I am very proud of the result, I am most proud of all the time I spent, in school and after, working to make it as accurate and lifelike as I could. The contour drawing was probably one of the most frustrating artistic things I had every done. A lot of the time I felt like what I was drawing was nowhere near what my face actually looked like. I knew how to draw my features, but I didn't know where to place them relative to each other and what size to make them. After many hours, I finally got it right, but even after I had transferred I didn't stop making alterations if I saw something that looked wrong. As a result, I spent extensive periods of time, working to get every part right. The likeness and detail of the final result is a testamite to this.
Through working on this project, I also learned many things about the human face and its features. The eyes, nose, and mouth study taught me the basics of what our facial features are physically like. For instance, an important thing to keep in mind when drawing a face is the need to show that the eyeball itself as round and that it is overlapped by the eyelid on the top and bottom. Another important thing to know is that the darkest part of the mouth should always be the line between the two lips. I hope to remember instructions like these when drawing in the future .