Today I was tied up doing a really fun project that I'll be sharing more about VERY soon! So since I have to be secretive for today's content, I thought I'd share a little flashback art, a classic #tbt for ya :)
In 2010 when I was a student at VCUart school, I was challenged in a drawing class to create a self portrait, and then a self portrait "Incognito". Our disguise was supposed to make us unrecognizable, which I didn't quite excel at...
Self Portrait #1:
BUT anyone who knew me during my college days, knew that I had a fear of spiders that was so irrational and encompassing, that I had nightmares about them CONSTANTLY. The dreams were so intense that I would sleepwalk, waking up in places other than my bed after my "escape" from them. I have one very distinct memory of when I lived with my friend in our downtown apartment (that was literally in the middle of an alley) and realizing that I had sleepwalked out of my room, down the stairs, through the main room and woke up with my hand turning the doorknob to walk into the alley (that was not exactly the safest in the evenings). All in the name of running away from imaginary spiders. Not safe, guys. So really, there is no way that this self portrait below could ever be me, because... well, because this is terrifying. I feel itchy and scared just looking at it!
Self Portrait # 2 / Incognito:
I couldn't actually look at real spiders during the assignment to reference for my portrait, and photos were just horrible, so to be as detached from the real thing as possible - I found a loophole by looking at photos of drawings of spiders. The crazy thing is that after I drew this, I stopped having the nightmares for a really long time! So maybe this was my form of therapy. But I'll just call it Hell. Still to this day, I consider this one of the hardest pieces of art I've ever created.
So I'd love to hear from YOU - what was the hardest assignment you had in school? (It doesn't have to be art related!) What helped you get through it? Comment below!!
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