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Be True to Your Selfies!

Would you believe that the first self-portrait ever taken was in 1839? It was a daguerreotype of a photographer named Robert Cornelius, and it took between three- and 15-minutes for him to fully capture his own image.

In November 2013, the word “selfie” became the Oxford English Dictionary’s “Word of the Year” — meaning it was the most important word introduced into the English language at that time. A selfie is “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.”

Oscars Selfie

The most popular selfie to date is a photo of Ellen DeGeneres alongside some friends (stars Bradley Cooper, Kevin Spacey, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lawrence, and others) that she tweeted during the 86th Academy Awards. The image was shared more than two million times, and briefly crashed Twitter!

While your own selfies might not get that same amount of attention, there is something satisfying about curating your own self-portraits — whether you plan to share on social media or to hang on the refrigerator for your eyes only.

Celebrate Yourself with Creative Self-Portraits

Throughout history, artists have created impressive self-portraits. Vincent van Gough painted 36 self-portraits in a span of ten years. Frida Kahlo famously painted a self-portrait with a thorn necklace and hummingbird. And Norman Rockwell painted a triple self-portrait!

In honor of the famed selfie, the 3Doodler team is excited to work with you to make your own self-portraits come to life with your 3D pen and plastics. Take a look at this tutorial to learn how to Doodle a 3D portrait.


If you’re interested in creating your own self-portraits, we have some creative ideas for you!
  • Paper Plate Masks. Using a paper plate, create a mask of your face with paint, string (for hair), buttons (for eyes), and other art supplies. Glue a popsicle stick to the bottom of the plate as a handle.

  • LEGO Self-Portraits. Grab a square LEGO baseplate and add layers of detail. Try starting with the outline of your face in one color, then adding a layer for your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Silhouette Collage. Ask an adult to trace your silhouette, then cut it out. Peruse any magazines you have on hand to find images that represent you. Cut out the images and paste them to your profile to create a unique collage on the back.

  • Portrait Cookies. Food can be art, too! Work with your parents to bake sugar cookies in the shape of an oval. Once the cookies have cooled, use food coloring to create awesome self-portraits.

Don’t forget to share your self-portraits with us @3Doodler #WhatWillYouCreate!

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