Produce: to produce illustrated portraits of myself for my social media profile. A personal project I produced during the month of November.

The backstory: Updating a social media profile image is plain vanity. It is. Really. Come on, you know it is. Instead of looking through a seemingly endless stream of pictures to find that one image where I look “amazing” I decided to draw myself looking…I don’t know, looking. Vain? Yep. To start I took a selfie then drew it with pencil on paper. After a couple of days of pencil sketches I switched to digitally rendering my mug. In the past 3 or 4 years I grew accustomed to drawing on my iPad with an Apple Pencil and an app, ProCreate. I played with facial expressions then added details that reflected the day, an occasion, or my mood. I added a mask the day the smoke from the fires in wine country traveled to the Bay Area. I “wore” a cornucopia hat for Thanksgiving, a birthday hat for my birthday, and donned drag after watching “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” I kept one illustration as my profile image, red clown nose. Social media should be a place for fun, socializing, and, dare I say, experimenting.