Create a self-portrait with just 4 colours

Self-portraiture is one of the most rewarding challenges an artist can attempt. Because we know the landscapes of our own faces better that anyone else, we know when the painting looks right. While self-portraiture can be a way of projecting a certain image of yourself onto a canvas, it can also be a process of self-discovery and a great way to explore painting techniques.

Capturing a likeness takes practice, but the trick is not to get frustrated. I don't tend to use drawing aids such as a projector or grid (though these can be useful). I like the process to feel organic, and making mistakes is part of that.

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Claire is currently studying Art History at the Courtauld Institute in London. Last year she reached the finals of BBC One's The Big Painting Challenge