The new series of Portrait Artist of the Year has just started on Sky Arts and I realised that I have been doing portraits on and off for years. So I thought I’d be inspired and begin developing my skills at portrait. In the program each contestant has to send in a self-portrait and so this is where I will start. Yesterday I did a free hand sketch which only half looked like me so I thought I’d be more systematic with my approach and get my grid on! So here is the beginning. It’s interesting to look so closely at yourself. Noticing all the lines – myself as object is proving to be an interesting exercise.