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PORTRAIT MAKING | CRAFTING YOUR STORY by Anna-Marie Jubilo (anna_jubilo@yahoo.ca) start presentation >>> Please sit where you can seethis font size comfortably. 2. The true portrait of a man is a fusion of what he thinks he is, what others think he is, what he really is and what he tries to be. -- Dore Schary(qdt. inBrainyMedia, < http://tinyurl.com/dvad4 >) Good portraits reveal much about the sitter. If you could commission your own portrait, what would it look like? PORTRAITS | description: portrait of danilo and bibiana jubilo | artist: unknown | date: unknown | medium: chalk pastel | size: 12.5 (height) x 17 (width) inches |location: jubilo residence This presentation will advance automatically. If you wish to advance the slides earlier, please press the enter key. 3. I envisioned myself as a nomad, wearing a shamanic fur hat ornamented with talismanic feathers and beads, standing buffeted by the wind in a remote, steppelike landscape. Freed from the constraints of urban life, I longed for big vistas and sights beyond the reach of normal perception. If anyone even recognized me in the resulting portrait, theyd be puzzled by my getup. Still, I clung to it. Id been given the rare chance to picture myself, or at least one part of myself, as I wished (Jordan, 34). ENVISIONING | In her article titled Sitting Pretty, author Betty Ann Jordan described her ideal portrait as follows: 4. Reading Jordans article made me think about what my own ideal portrait would look like and what this would reveal about me.REVEALING ONESELF | As part of this presentation about myself, Id like to share some ideas of what my own ideal portrait would look like if I were to commission it today. 5. For a long time, I thought my ideal portrait would be an oil painting on canvas, mainly because portrait paintings are so much more uncommon these days that I figure a painting would feel special. Also, being the visual and tactile person I am, I like the idea of an oil painting because of the rich colors and textures oils are able to provide. The MEDIUM | black & white photograph Then I thought I might want to hang this portrait of myself up one day. Oil seemed much to grand and luxurious for my own tastes, so I changed my mind to a classic black and white photograph. description: section of a rural landscape painting | original artist: unknown | date: unknown | medium: oil on canvas | size of original:22 (height) x 34 inches (width) location: jubilo residence 6. Richard Avedon took many celebrated portraits during his lifetime. I, however, have always been attracted to the whimsical elegance of his fashion photography.I love the way he is able to inject both creativity and fun into his work.The ARTIST | richard avedon (1923 - 2004) title: dovima with elephants | artist: richard avedon |date: 1955 | medium: photograph | location: online image (see bibliography for full details) | copyright: avedon studio 7. I figure something like 24 x 24 inches is a good-sized picture to hang on a wall in your home without feeling too weird about having to look at yourself all the time.I guess, in many ways, size depends on the compositions and since I havent quite figured this out yet, size for now is still to be determined.The SIZE | 24 x 24 inches? to be determined 8. If I asked people close to me to think of a pose that seems natural and expressive of me, they would probably say that it would be with my head poking out of a blanket or wrapped in a cozy sweater. I must admit I enjoy the feeling of warmth, especially of the sun shining lightly on my face. The POSE | wrapped | at a 45 degree angle I think a picture taken at a 45 degree angle from the camera seems appropriate since I dont usually like facing a camera head on (Im actually quite shy some-times). I would also want to be sitting or standing erect, sinceIve always admired the wonderful posture exhibited by dancers. 9. Although Id like to have a kind of poised neutral relaxed expression on my face, without any direction I just tend to smile (then laugh). I think Im a fairly open, friendly, and genuine person (when Im not feeling too shy), so a smile or laugh on my face is an expression that probably defines me well.The EXPRESSION | smiling | laughing 10. I have always loved fashion. I especially love haute couture because of the creativity, imagination, texture, and colour infused in high fashion. I also admire the skill it involves.Although I do not like to act, and I dont like being the centre of attention, I have always loved dressing up in wonderful, fanciful outfits. I like the lack of restriction exhibited in high fashion and quality of otherworldliness it can often take on. The COSTUME | whimsical elegance | couture To see a picture of a dress that I think captures the statement of whimsical elegance, click on the link below.The link will take you to theStyle.com Givenchy Spring 2003 Couture web page. Once you get there, select No. 4 of 39. Be forewarned that the page might take some time to load. LINK Once you wish to continue the presentation, press the enter key. 11. The FRILLS | family ring | glass necklace

  • Although my ideal portrait would likely be solo, Id like to somehow acknowledge the people I love most: my family and my partner.
  • The ring belongs to my mother. It holds the birth stones of each member of my immediate family.
    • mother and father (sapphire)
    • eldest brother (amethyst)
    • second brother (blue zircon)
    • me (alexandrite)
  • The glass necklace was a surprise from my partner. It typifies whimsical elegance!

12. Like the description of Betty Ann Jordans ideal portrait at the beginning of this presentation, I, too, long for big vistas and sights beyond the reach of normal perception. I am tempted to picture myself somewhere unusual and far from the familiar. I used to read a lot of sci-fi and fantasy when I was younger because I loved to see the different worlds people created. I am lucky to have had the opportunity to travel our own world quite extensively during my young adult years. The SURROUNDING | national geographic subject: desktop image of steppe landscape |title: steppe | artist: unknown |date unknown | medium: photograph | original size: 600 (height) x 800 (width) dpi | location: online image (see bibliography for full details) 13. The famous photographer Helmut Newton once said, My job as a portrait photo-grapher is to seduce, amuse and entertain(qdt. inBrainyMedia, < http://tinyurl.com/dvad4 >) . I find surprising pictures have a way of sticking in your head and are often remembered later on with a certain type of curiosity and amusement.I would like my portrait to be somewhat familiar yet have some element of surprise and fun in it.The MOOD | familiar yet surprising subject: monica belucci, monte carlo | artist: helmut newton |medium: photograph | original size: unknown | date: 2001|location: location: online image (see bibliography for full details) 14. I like getting things done early in the day, so I imagine I would want my portrait taken in the morning which means I would have to get up pretty early. I dont mind getting up early so long as I have the right kind of music to slowly wake me up. Maybe Eric Saties Gymnopedie No. 1 or Boards of Canadas Turquoise Hexagon Sun or Aquarius?The MUSIC | gentle get ups | lighthearted dancing Once Im up though, I like music that gets me going and makes me want to dance. In keeping with the whimsical quality Ive been thinking about, I figure Juan Garcia Esquivels album titledSpace-Age Bachelor Pad Musicwould be perfect. t g e e l n z z z z z z z z 15. cold mountain air | tropical humidity The SMELL |Two of my favorite smells are in a way opposites: cold mountain air and tropical humidity. The cold mountain air reminds me of walking out of my tent to the morning air and of snowboarding. The tropical humidity reminds of me of stepping out of the plane in Fiji or Hawaii.Wouldnt it be amazing to be able to smell a portrait? Okay, maybe notallportraits! Anyway, if youre on a Mac, heres a short clip of my video tour of the Bloedel Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver. Its where I like to go when I miss the smell of tropical humidity .Click on the larger picture above (not the picture of the bird) to link to the video. Clickhereto continue to the next slide. 16. Oddly enough, although Ive described many elements of my ideal portrait, I still cant really picture it all as a working whole. I just keep thinking up new elements or variations. With no real limitations, there seems to be endless possibilities.I like the following quote by the English writer Samuel Butler. In The Way of All Flesh Butler writes, Every man's work, whether it be literature, or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself(qdt. inBrainyMedia, < http://tinyurl.com/dvad4 >).It assures me that although my ideal portrait is constantly being recreated , each variation reveals much about myself -- the person I am, the person I see myself as, and the person I wish to be. Thanks . I hope you enjoyed the show. | The ENDStart Again|Bibliography|The Creator 17. | The BIBLIOGRAPHY | StartAgain |The Creator

  • Avedon, Richard. Dovima with Elephants. 1955. Online image. Richard Avedon dies.British
    • Journal of Photography . Retrieved 30 Jan. 2006
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  • BrainyMedia, Portrait Quotes,BrainyQuote . 2005. Xplore, Inc. 28 Jan. 2006
    • < http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/portrait.html > Follow links for Samuel Butler, Helmut