Personal Narratives TRACK: Lesson 5, Your Future Self


  • Draw your imagined future self at the age of 114.
  • What is our physical appearance? What is your life like?
Your Future Self, Cat Huang
Cat Huang at the age of 114


  • Consider not just yourself, but the world you imagine you would be living in at the age of 114.
  • Your story can be tragic, hilarious, odd, fantastical, and more.
Female Torso Reference- Linda 01
Flickr album: Female Torso, Linda
  • While you can approach this from a real world perspective, you can also exaggerate and invent as much as you want.
  • Are you showing what you wish for? What you expect? What you fear will happen?


Pixie, Anna

brainstorming & Sketching
Brainstorming Track: Mind Maps & Key Words
art media & format
  • Use any art media, 2D and/or 3D.
  • You might consider a format that allows for multiple images in a single artwork: a triptych, a 4 panel comic, etc.


Aleah Chapin, Tuck Everlasting, Mr. Nobody, Old Persons Home by Sun Yuan and Peng Yu, Portrait of My Grandmother by Archibald Motley Jr., Vampire II by Edvard Munch

Draw a Skull Inside a Portrait

Drawing a skull inside a portrait is a terrific exercise to practice your anatomical understanding of a portrait. This video provides beginning to end, the entire process for building the skull structure into the portrait.

Various techniques are explained, that can be used to build up three dimensional volume with colored pencil layering, blending, creating a diverse range of textures and marks, pencil grip, and more. Demo by Art Prof Clara Lieu.

6 min. video

Portrait Background Ideas

This video provides ideas for how to create backgrounds for portraits so that your compositions are visually dynamic and engaging. Backgrounds are often neglected, especially in portraits where the focus is usually on the face.

However, backgrounds can have a great impact on the way a portrait comes across, especially in terms of conveying a specific narrative.

Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artists Cat Huang and Alex Rowe.

3 min. video

Show us what you make!

Mixed Media Acrylic Painting, Lauryn, banner