The self portrait is the original “selfie.” Long before smartphones, artists would draw or paint maybe one a year. Now it’s more likely someone may have upwards of 50 on their phone!
Schools are requiring self portraits these days. My daughter did a great one in kindergarten out of cut paper that I framed and hung in her bedroom for years.
I haven't done a self portrait before so I did a pencil sketch to prepare for a small painting. This sketch will provide a road map of values for me. I opted for a close up and hope to post a finished piece soon.