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Nate Williams Style Self Portrait

I found an amazing artist and illustrator, Nate Williams, who has a very childlike style that I think students will really relate to for a fun self portrait.

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Check out the Kids page on his site, it’s too cute! I’m going to borrow his idea of primitive faces with writing for this creative self portrait project.


• Watercolor paper

• Black Sharpie marker

• Crayons 

• Watercolor paint


  1. Students draw a VERY simple profile head, with our without a hat, with simple neck and shoulders.
  2. About 3 or 4 lines are added to split up the face.
  3. All lines are traced with a marker.
  4. The sections in the face are filled in with words that students love: activities, food, hobbies. The words need to creatively FILL each section.
  5. After planning in pencil, the lines are traced with a crayon.
  6. The background of the writing is filled with watercolor paint. Other areas may be filled with crayon. 

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