Self-portraits have been around since the earliest times, but it wasn’t until the mid-15th century that artists started frequently depicting themselves as the main subject or as other important characters in their work.
image/text credit: Ewan McClure
The reasons are simpler than you think – cheaper mirrors and the emergence of the panel painting. Ewan McClure, a professional artist living in Edinburgh, Scotland, tried the mirror technique as well, and the result was wonderful.
Ewan put his camera behind a two-way mirror and recorded a timelapse of the whole process which he summed up in a really modest sentence: “Around 3 hours of trial-and-error for a loose but recognizable result.”
Mirror Technique – my new approach to painting a self portrait. Around 3 hours of trial-and-error for a loose but recognizable result.The camera was filming from behind a two-way mirror.