During one of the most boring art history classes I’ve been to, one thing the professor said to us about some Renaissance artist was that when you’re poor and can’t afford a model, you draw yourself. I am no stranger to this concept. Most people cringe at the idea of drawing themselves but once you draw yourself so many times, you no longer feel weird about it and you see yourself as another model. One of the first projects I did along with my class during my senior year of high school was this journal we made and every week we had an ambiguous prompt to draw ourselves to fulfill the prompt. At first, my portraits were rough and awkward, but the more I saw myself as another model, the better I got at capturing my likeness and it ended up being a really fun project. Some of my portraits even ended up becoming a starting part for some of my other projects. Here are some portraits from that project.