As a kid I grew up meeting and passing by many unfamiliar faces, and the only notion of how I identified them were purely based on first impressions—from the way they dressed to their appearance. These impressions ultimately dictated how I acknowledged a stranger’s personality and lifestyle. After some of these strangers became my closest friends, I realized the differences between identifying what is superficial and profound when defining an individual.
In this self-portrait, I decided to explore the theme of getting to know somebody truthfully. Because I naturally carry around a dull and calm expression, depicting myself with the personification of my strongest emotions conveys the complexity of myself and other individuals they see.
The rich colours and expressions help characterize each emotion, but also my familiarity and extensive history with colour pencils. The position of each emotion contributes to movement and depth between external and internal emotions, but overall emphasizes my prevalent calm and modest personality.
Although each individual straightforwardly displays a specific emotion, the interweaving of selective colours in each expression explain personal statements about myself that only the closest of friends would identify; overall stresses the intricacy of human emotion and the inability to fully understand a stranger without getting to know them first. The purpose of my piece is to communicate a truthful statement of my identity, but also a self-evaluation of what I believe close acquaintances see in myself.