Face-off | Show Your True Self with a Character Selfie!
Show Your True Self with a Character Selfie!
Start with a regular photo of yourself facing the camera, like a headshot or profile picture. Next, create your character by overlaying it with an artistic rendition of your identity. 



My process for this part was really fun, i just grabbed a tiny chair and sat in front of the green wall next to the kitchen house put the camera in front of me with 10 seconds timer and just started making poses and faces...believe me this were the less embarassing pictures of the whole shoot. i feel more confident in front of a camera when im alone so this also helped unleash the real character inside me. 
Since i was in high school i went to lot of stress, anger and anxiety due to several personal or academic reasons so to make me feel bettter I doodled, it helped me forget whatever it was happening and made me clear my mind after doing it. my all time favorite thing to doodle was this little puzzles filled with creatures that filled the blank spaces the other ones left after being created. It was, and still is a very therapeutic and relaxing way to pass my anxiety or stress levels a lot. and the final result made me feel like a little kid playing where's waldo? but with this tiny little creatures. 
My country is well known for lots of terrible things a particular one that i admit is not the biggest of the problems but it was what made me choose this name happened on 14/08/2017 11:41 p.m  After a blackout of almost two hours and losing my work once again believing that maybe today this won't happen...but it has happened every single day and i just get angry and yell because another work loss to not saving soon enough plus this blackout rutine that is draining my sanity. The only thing that changed was that my sister saw me struggling and she just said ¿hey...wanna watch the night sky? i bet there's some stars out there thanks to the blackout. With this city all dead without signs of light (in more ways that just the blackout) I had the chance to watch the stars this time, on the street with my sister, it was peacefull, it was lovely and pure magic. That transformed a dark moment into a beautiful one. That's what i wanted to show with this self portrait, even when i lost all the process i had done, I light up myself again and did it once again but even more inspired this time. 

Letting my doodles speak for myself with this character selfie to show everyone that you can stay colorful and wild even when times can get dark and trust me...they do get dark in here. 
- Erika Rivera.

At the end my entry was one of the 25th finalist from 521 talented artists and got the opportunity of getting my entry exposed and proudly presented in a curated exhibition as part of the Pictoplasma Festival and Conference in Berlinscheduled to take place 
coming May 2–6, 2018.
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Take a closer look at how i did my character selfie and learn a little bit more about the whole symbolism behind that wild messy hair face.
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