There are Right ways and Wrong ways to make a Self Portrait for your art portfolio.
Self Portraits are important to include in your art portfolio for BFA programs, and most applicants do, so Admissions sees A LOT of them.
Even if you’re a skillful artist, it’s still very important to think of ways to make YOURS stand out in a way that goes above your ability to draw representationally.
Wrong Way: Playing it safe
Right Way: Use your imagination to express what is uniquely you. Be inventive and innovative and transform a mediocre idea into a great idea.
Your self portrait can be made with unique mediums, collage, clothing, symbolism, narrative, or exaggeration. Think of ways to express who you are in innovative ways.
A great way to capture the attention of admissions advisors is to make a three dimensional self portrait, an installation, a film/animation, interactive work, performance art or language art.
Your Self Portrait can be representational or conceptual and the materials and the amount of space that they occupy are limitless.