I finally completed my self portrait painting and have applied to Sky Portrait Artist of the Year. What a battle this oil painting was!

The project started well with some really interesting light and shadow and a composition that I felt worked. The charcoal block-in drawing looked like me and then the first painting session was going fine, until it wasn't… My nose ruined it and that spread throughout the whole face.

I started again.

My nose still caused issues but the second painting, after 3 weeks and some extra layers of correction, turned out ok. Obviously I can still see where I would like to improve but I'm happy and have developed a lot during the painting process.

Here's a few images of the oil painting in various stages of progress.

Progress in painting of my self portrait in oil paints.

You can see the final painting in my portfolio gallery section.

Wish me luck!