So I began a new digital image 12-12-2021. I thought that it’s best to go back to my self portraits that I digitally manipulate in Photoshop. Let’s see where this will go.

I intentionally start without a clear direction. The forms and decisions are made on the spot. This sets up a lot of trial-and-error. Yet comfort is found when there seems to be a sort of resolution between the disparate parts. But along the way there is a sense that I do not know what I’m doing, and that I should just stop.

— Me

Like these two images shown below. They are quite different, but both are the beginnings of what was supposed to be one singular image. What decisions are to be made from here? I do not know yet.

This completed image ended up using only my left eye and mouth. So is this a self portrait? I’m still contemplating this.

Completed: 12-29-2021, took 2-1/2 weeks, from inception to completion

Step 1

New Portrait 12-12-2021
First image idea created, but this seemed to complex to resolve in a timely manner.

Step 2

Second image created, but then this seemed too simplistic and predictable.Step 3

Step 3

Step 03
The final direction that stuck.

The Final Image!