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Self-Portraits in Crayon


Art Supplies: Caran d'Ache Neocolor I Crayons
Art Supplies: Permanent Fixative
Art Supplies: Black Mat Board
Art Supplies: White Plastic Eraser
Art Supplies: Mirror
Art Supplies: Clamp Light
Art Supplies: Drawing Board

Substitute Supplies

The supplies listed below cost less, and can be used instead of the supplies above.

Art Supplies: Chalk Pastels
Art Supplies: Hairspray
Hairspray is NOT archival!
Art Supplies: Oil Pastels
Art Supplies: Colored Pencils
Art Supplies: Crayola Crayons
Art Supplies: Black Paper


Catherine Huang

“I definitely learned to be satisfied with a color palette that isn’t totally ‘natural looking.’ Having only a 15 pack of Caran D’Ache crayons and no flesh tones made me look harder for colors I wouldn’t have seen before.

Although portraiture was something I’ve done a lot in the past, drawing an image for this course had a refreshing spin on it, because I would periodically mentally check back to Prof Lieu’s videos and apply that to my work.”

Crayon Drawing, Self-Portrait Drawing from Life, Catherine Huang
Stephanie Gibadlo

Stephanie Gibadlo
Project Assistant

“It had been a while since I have worked with crayon, so it was really exciting to be able to work with it again! It was a bit challenging getting used to the media again though, especially when trying to create something so specific like a self portrait.

When I make portraits, I tend to obsess over achieving likeness that sometimes I will mess up a piece without realizing it, so it was nice to have the lesson format to follow to help myself stay on track. This was a fun project and I’m happy with my final piece!”

Caran d'Ache Crayon Self-Portrait, Stephanie Gibadlo
Piper Matthew, Architecture Student

“For me I always find self-portraits extremely difficult because you’re constantly confronting yourself as you draw. This course helped me think of the face as a series of abstract shapes and layers. To be able to create a piece from the Khan Academy equivalent for art was really cool!

I wish I had this while I was in high school and was making my portfolio to apply for art school!”

Final Self-Portrait Drawing, in progress

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