Jessica Russo Scherr

Art Education

Create a self-portrait in pencil from looking into a reflective object that distorts.

The samples on this page should give you an idea of what we are after.

Use any highly reflective object. (Pots, pans, irons, tree ornaments, serving tray, etc.)

You may include the whole object or just concentrate on your reflection.

Use a good range of values.

Work in any monochromatic medium you like.

Establish a wide range of grays.

Don't worry about really strange distortions.

Make sure you are somewhat recognizable.

Advance Option:  Use colored pencil or paint!

Distorted Self-Portrait

Art History

Parmigianino, Italian artist from Parma, 1524

"Self Portrait in convex Mirror"   Oil on wood, Vienna

MC Escher, Dutch, "Hand with Reflecting Sphere" Lithograph


Just about every example is from a former student of mine.  Many thanks to them for all of their time and dedication.

How to earn a good grade on your homework

Follow the criteria presented in class and on the website.

Homework  assignments will take between 1 and 3 hours to complete.

All homework should be completed in your journal unless specified otherwise (not printer paper).

Fill the A4 Page of your journal.

Include a background when applicable.

Shade using a full range of values using a drawing pencil unless specified otherwise.

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