Mirror, mirror on the wall... who will be the winner of them all? DA showcase challenge #19 tasks you to doodle yourself. Draw a spot-on likeness of your image or a more creative, interpretative self-portrait. Either way we want to see what stares back at you when you peer through the looking glass. Play with, around, and through the prop, i.e., the mirror. This is about taking a good hard look at yourself.
And holy smokes! Did we mention? Our sponsor, Michaels
(one of the largest retailers of drawing and sketching supplies) is offering all participants 25% off sketchbook supplies to encourage you to get your draw on (click to print coupon
Plus, the winner of this challenge gets a $250 Michaels giftcard*. Oh, the creative damage one could do with that! I'm dreaming of one of those mini shopping carts piled high. Read below for complete details.
- As always, we encourage the hand-made, use pen, marker, sharpie, paint, whatever, but no computer help
- Feel free to use color
- To be accepted, all submissions MUST be mocked up on the mirror template provided and uploaded as a JPG image (no larger than 2mb) for voting
- Upload your best, because you only get one submission
- Photograph or scan it
- One winner will be chosen from the top 10 voted submissions
- During the voting period, any fake votes that we discover will be deemed invalid
DEADLINE: June 26th @ 4pm EST
The editors of Doodlers Anonymous will select one winner from the top 10 voted-submissions. The winner will receive a $250 gift card to use at any Michaels
retail locations in the U.S. and Canada.
*We encourage all of the DA community to participate and play along for the love of drawing, but we have to mention the top prize is only valid in the U.S. and Canada. Good luck!
And the winner is...
Voting is now closed. Thanks to everyone who participated.
"Medium: Pastel, oil paint
I wanted to evoke a sense of wonder and magic that art brings me. Sometimes I feel bland and boring, black and white, but art allows me to shine."
"Too long bangs. Nerdy glasses. Short hair. Me?"
"I'm a bit clumsy and I'm not fond of swimming."
"self portrait made with pencil"
"An inside look at my mind. Please wipe your feet on the mat before entering."
"It's me, under my skin."
"A surreal type pencil drawing of me with liquid hair? I usually don't like drawing noses in my work so I just leave them out."
"I enjoy anime style art and it's my normal technique, so I thought, what's better then drawing myself in that way?! I'd love to win this contest and be able to buy prisma color pencils like I used to use in highschool!"
"I love nature and I love drawing"
"Hello, I'm Rocio AKA unbichobolita, I'm from Buenos Aires, Argentina, so probably I'm not even qualified to participate in the contest because there's no Michaels in my city :(
And of course, I didn't understand the FOUR simple steps, and I made my drawing in other piece of paper rather than using the template you provided.
I had to print the template, cut out the centre and tape it to my sketchbook.
The stain in the drawing is some chicken salad that fell of my sandwich.
Good luck to everybody!"
"My name is Andrea, and this is my entry for the selfie ^.^ In this portrait I am wearing my favorite celestial scarf. Yay for galaxy motifs!
A little about myself- I was the quiet one that sat in the back of the class and took notes attentively during the 3 hour art appreciation course (excitement!) and seriously struggled to focus during the 1 hour accounting course (please, just shoot me now).
Anywho, hope you enjoy :)"
"I only wear my gas mask these days.
"A quick experimental depiction of myself. It was a lot of fun :)"
"This is my three and a half year old daughter Lucy Aurora's self portrait."
"Ink, acrylic and charcoal on paper."
"self portrait caricature using only pencil and black pen"
"This is me. I have blond-ish curly hair and always wear scarfs."
"My name is Misty, and I am a mad scientist doodler!!! I create MONSTERS! BWAHAHAAA!"
"Me through the looking glass, my hair are flying petal red roses; the butterflies are outside the cage flying around me too; The prince frog is smiling and of course I'm wearing my dream catcher necklace. Materials: paper, pencil 4b, acrylic paint.
"A self-portrait? it's good, most of time,I'm my favourite victim.
For this one, I used a bit of everything that I had at hand: color pencils, acrylic, ballpoint pen ..
And I offered myself an aureole of holiness."
"Self portrait drawing using fineliner and Letraset markers. Loads of other mini-portraits drawn around it as well - i.e drawn with left hand, blind contour, etc."
"Here is my portrait doodle with my hamster (Long dead but still in my head)"
"markers and pens"
Ink, markers and color pencil on paper"
"Selfie in watercolor and pen"
"Pick me. I'm not the best artist but I had so much fun drawing thi."
"My work and imagination comes from a piece of pencil... and the things I explore are through my doodles :)"
"This was all hand-drawn with a Sharpie looking at myself in my daughter's mirror but when I took the photo, the "Michael's mirror" was blurry so I put it in Adobe to cut out the image and retrofit it into the Michael's mirror again, but then I saw that my photo's exposure had turned it grey so I used the computer to try and get it white again, but I liked the effect of keeping some of the bad exposure grey. I know it wouldn't win anyway, so although it was hand-drawn, some computer was used after...full-disclosure! (p.s. This is how I do all of illustrations so it is true to my style)."
"pen/brush and ink on paper"
"Self Portrait based on the insanity and obsession of love. Ink, collage, and colored pencil on illustration board."
"This is a drawing of me doing the first drawing I ever did. I was 19 months old."
"here is my doodle. thanks!"
"ink & copic marker"
"Here's my selfie taken in my (future) room :)"
"drawn with black pen and and painted with markers. I love nature, so my self-portrait,"
"A little hello from Montreal :D"
"Me and my mess of curls - age 10"
"cartoon self portrait"
"This is an illustration of myself surrounded with my two loves: Space and Triangles."
"A continuous line drawing of my seemingly very woven sqiggly self!"
"My surreal self-portrait. Made using pen and watercolor."
"I like turtles."
"wish I really had a heart nose and this much spaghetti hair! I do feel that I generally have all these things living in my barnet though!"
"I always have to work late into the night. I will wrap myself up like a cocoon to keep warm."
"life is pretty up in the air at the moment. i'm perpetually a deer in headlights."
"25 minutes of my life 4u doodlers all around the planet earth !!"
"Hand-drawn "selfie" doodle, using a fine tip Sharpie pen, colored with water colors.
I drew myself with my favorite hairstyle. I have been letting grow for a year now, with intentions of donating it in the coming year.
Lots of symbolism in my doodles, reflecting "me" and the life I am currently living."
"this is me in my most sublime state (with an homage to the Seussian master)"
"Welcome to the Sad Girls Club"
"Haven't drawn a portrait in years! This was very fun and interesting to paint.
I used watercolor paints/pens."
"Materials used: Black ink, yellow and tan markers."
"Me (ava) with my cat dinah"
"Flamin' footsies selfie."
"Hi! This challenge was super fun. My 'selfie' depicts more of my thinking and appreciation for the beauty around me than my actual likeness. I hope you enjoy it!"
"It's okay not to be okay."
"Self Portrait by John Martin"
"This is my doodled self(ie). Thanks."
"tangled myself a bit, pen, marker, colored pencils, and graphite:)"
"Brad Jeske self portrait"
"The Inner Me,
a doodle portrait using a 0.25 rotring rapidograph pen."
"i initially had my final doodle on bristol board but i was so excited for the showcase i didn't look at the details (draw in mirror) ha. had fun doing it again."
"ink and paper. never stop drawing!"
"Here I am. This represents what I love to do and how my mind fills with ideas I can't keep track of and projects yet to be finished. Well I finished this one it's a wrap ! Dawn"
"me in my chair at the computer. xx"
"Hand drawn and painted with watercolor, acrylic and markers."
"This is actually a pretty close picture of me! Half (female) John Lennon, half Peanuts character! I even use this as the wall paper on my cell phone!"
"This was drawn with sharpie on ceramic tile. The color streaks are when I thinned the sharpies with 91% rubbing alcohol."
"By Me :D"
"Watercolour on paper."
"max stoked in the morning."
"When you open those blank pages, and you're mind starts to turn, and then your hand starts to move, and those lines start to appear, it becomes this awesome cycle of Exploration, Creativity and Thought, it's my own meditation"
"Peace, Love, Happiness, Science & Doodles.
But mostly doodles."
"I wanted to find a way to incorporate my doodles into a portrait of myself, and after some trial and error, this is what I came up with!"
Oh yeah! I'm known to be quite forgetful among my friends and family, so I thought I'd choose that aspect of myself to show through with this drawing.
That stuff coming out of my ears? Oh, it's like wispy, fluffy, bubblegummy stuff that seeps out during daydreams. It's only perceivable to racoons.
I used pencil and colour pencils and then placed it in the frame on computer.
And now, um..."
"Cartoonjish Style Portrait Doodle of Me"
"drawing of myself (Theanne Crossett) from a photo taken in May at my granddaughter's birthday party..."Yaya taking a think break" :D"
"Regardless of the heartaches, I continue to wear my heart on my sleeve because it is a part of who I am."
"It's always the quiet ones..."