Marie took this photo of herself yesterday.
She’ll often look for photos of people, animals, plants, etc on the web to use as references for her artwork. E.g. if she needs to draw a horse, she’ll look for a photos of horses. She usually doesn’t copy them exactly – she’s interested in the shading and the proportions of one part of the body to another, things like that.
She told me that it’s sometimes hard to find good references because of the lack of resolution on many of the images published on the web. This is one of the photos that she took of herself to use as a reference. She put the camera on a piece of furniture and used the self timer to take this photo. Aside from cropping and scaling, I’ve done no editing on it.