I don't normally do self portraits. I find it hard to draw myself, looking at my reflection in the mirror. I am also not that interested in depicting myself. (Though that might change). However, due to the lack of sitters, I decided to do a self portrait. It is only a charcoal sketch on newspaper. Why the newspaper? It gives some interest and something to work with. The print and the images create an aura. In this instance I incorporated the flying birds in my hair. Birds feature often in my work and particularly the swallows. I use them as metaphors. So it was appropriate to included them as part of the overall image.