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Doodle Self Portrait

This self portrait idea asks students to tell their summer story with just visual clues; i.e. a bracelet made in camp, mosquito bite from the lake, etc.

Doodle Self Portrait

Self portrait projects are always a fun way to start off the school year as they can let students learn more about each other in a fun and creative way. No need to stand up and make a speech about what they did all summer, they just draw and add some clues about significant (or ordinary!) things that happened to them over the past couple of months.

School Paper Template in PDF

The great thing about drawing this self portrait on a real OR printed piece of school paper (template on page 3 of download) is that some easy captions can get added to explain all these clues. No need for full sentences, it’s more like a labeling kind of job. The lines make it easy to write, and add a casual feel to the drawing too.

Encourage students to label at least three things, and then fill all the remaining space with lots and lots of colorful doodles. The more they have, the more fun their self portrait is to look at!

Preview of the Doodle Step by Step Tutorial

MATERIALS

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  • Drawing Paper. Don’t substitute it with copy or construction paper. The surface will get fuzzy, erasing might cause holes, and the colors will generally not look as bright.
  • Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase.
  • Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tips.Stabilo Markers. They have the best colors, the best tips, and last the longest.
  • Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent markers make nice black lines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them in areas with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath for table protection.
  • Stabilo Markers. The large pack provides lots of fun color choices, several shades of each color, including a few choices for skin. The tips are perfect for coloring, and there’s even a promise that they will work after being uncapped for 8 weeks!
Doodle Self Portrait Coloring Page

DIRECTIONS

Time needed: 45 minutes.

How to make a Doodle Self Portrait

  1. Draw a U shape head and start the body.

  2. Add sleeves, shorts (or draw pants or skirt).

  3. Draw two matching arms.

  4. Add two legs and shoes.

  5. Draw hair on the head.

  6. Here are some more hair options.

  7. Draw the face and clothes.

  8. Add a name in big block letters.

  9. Draw lots of captions and doodles. Trace and color.

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  • Drawing Paper. Don’t substitute it with copy paper or construction paper. The surface will get fuzzy, erasing might cause holes, and the colors will generally not look as bright.
  • Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase.
  • Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tips.Stabilo Markers. They have the best colors, the best tips, and last the longest.
  • Black Sharpie Marker, Fine Point. These permanent markers make nice black lines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them in areas with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath for table protection.
  • Stabilo Markers. They have the best colors, the best tips, and last the longest.

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