Here is the result:
Although I recognise myself here it is possible not everybody will; I'm not sure it totally looks like me, and to be honest it wasn't really my concern as I just wanted to get a feel for it and explore the colours that make the skintone. I quite liked "skipping" the drawing step as it gave me more freedom to paint an "impression" of myself rather than a proper portrait. I think I mainly recognise myself in the eyes:
The portrait is actually cropped bigger than the head and includes my painting smock which I always wear when I paint:
Here is the painting setting which shows an earlier stage of the portrait:
Here is the portrait after the first stage - I look a bit like an alien but kinda of like it!
That's me looking terribly serious and focused:
I first had the palette on the table on my right as usual but it made me move to much so I moved the palette right under the board to be able to remain still and keep the pose:
It was quite an interesting experience and I hope I'll get the chance to do more self-portraits next year.
I take the opportunity here to wish you all a wonderful and Happy New Year 2012!