future self portrait


I’m very happy to have this out in the world. I’ve been going at it for a week straight I’m finally at peace with this. I started it, like many pieces, months ago, and I just recently have been hit with a giant dose of “just do it” so I picked it up and got back to work. I don’t know what force has been kicking me in the ass to work with such focus. Perhaps its the quickening of 2012 or subliminal Nike ads. Perhaps something happens when you become an Uncle. All I know is that I’m thrilled with how things have been going recently.

This self portrait was made at a time when I was contemplating how I could put my powers of imagination to good use. We so often create destructive images of ourselves in our mind to the point where we can’t bear to see ourselves in the mirror at times. I wanted to create an image for myself that would inspire me when I saw it. Not something that would give me an inflated ego but a version of myself somewhere down the road at a place where I would like to be. In this case it is a place of balance and harmony between my outer and inner reality. To one day be truly awake.

I know that there is much to be done between now and this place that I’ve envisioned, but the Egyptians didn’t call it “The Great Work” for nothing. The effort that must be put forth is great but so are the rewards while walking along the path to true freedom. To me, this image is a reminder of that work that lies ahead.



4 replies
  1. Matt Schwartz says:

    This is a beautiful piece Matt. I love the motivation drawn from positivity. So often, I find, that when doing a self-portrait or a reflective piece it is far too easy to be drawn into negative connotations and threads of perspective because they are so easy to draw from with a personally critical eye. The idea of drawing oneself of the future is well per trade through all of the movement in your piece. Just like in a figure 8 it seems this piece pushes out and pulled back in with waves of directional colored shapes. This inspires me to try making a piece focus more on positivity. I have a lot of it in my life right now but as I said I easily allow myself to be motivated through exploring my dark side with pen in hand. But an imagined art subject that takes place in the future inherently has a nucleus us of hope imbedded in it.
    Again, very inspiring.
    Your friend,
    Matt Schwartz

    • admin says:

      Hi Matt! Thanks for the thoughtful comment. Its nice change of pace to focus on the empowering elements that we can encorporate into our work. Its always been there but never nearly encouraged enough as I look back at RISD. I wish that I had connected to it much sooner. Your critique is always welcome here. I look forward to seeing where your joy takes you and you own work. Peace!

  2. Katalina G. says:

    Hi Matt. I like how you describe your illustrations and the process that each of them require. I have been working for a writer in some of the illustrations for his novel. I will like to talk with you and exchange some ideas at some point. For instance, the fact that you converted a line drawing into a digital art piece it’s very interesting to me. I have never done that, but I enjoy doing collage work. Overall, I feel that your artwork always tells stories and takes the viewer to magical places. That’s fantastic. Also the color palette is also very compelling. Peace

    • admin says:

      I love telling stories with my work. Sometimes the best stories are when you have to tell them in a single image. To me its a great test in the art of visual editing. What do you really need in oder to say what you want to say? What’s just extra? I’d love to talk with you about whatever you’re working on. Always feel free to email me. Much love!

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