The report started me thinking about how many artists today create their own inspired Facebook images—mini self-portraits that not only establish their identity online but at the same time provide a sampling of their artistic talents and imaginations. Some offer up sophisticated and painterly oil self-portraits like Coloradan Daniel Sprick (below right).
Others like Alex Schaefer, from the Los Angeles area, have some fun with their postage-stamp-size digitals. Schaefer, an instructor at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, took his first grade photo and added a beard in Photoshop (above right). “People think it’s funny, which is entirely my intention,” he says. “It still looks like me but also expresses a little about how I feel inside. I think in any artist there is a certain refusal to grow up.”
How does your Facebook/MySpace/Twitter image represent you as an artist?