Another Self-Portrait Sketch from Steve's Sketchbook

It’s Me Again

Another self-portrait from Steve’s Sketchbook

Here’s another self-portrait from Steve’s Sketchbook. Does it look like me or not? I’ll let you decide that.

This actually is meant to be a follow-up to the sketch of Laura that I shared recently. I thought you might as well get me to go along with her, right? After all, we are a team. You might as well have sketches of both of us.

However, once again this is a completely different style than what I have used before. It might have been better if I had used the same style for both of us. But I don’t mind the different styles. I am continuing to explore different styles and techniques, so that is why this one looks different from the last one.

I went back to the black outline style here instead of the colored outline like I used on Laura’s sketch. And the coloring techniques are different, too. This whole process is definitely a “learn as you go” kind of thing. I keep some stuff that I have learned, and I throw out some other things as I learn more new stuff, too.

Another One?

This one is titled “Another Self-Portrait Sketch” because you might remember an earlier self-portrait that I shared. If you go back and look at that earlier one, you will see that things have changed significantly.

Actually, I still look the same as I always have, at least for the last several years. I have not changed that much. But my drawing styles and tools have changed quite a bit since that previous sketch. Also, that sketch was meant to serve a different purpose, too.

It’s Not All About Me

I really thought about not sharing this, because it isn’t all about me. Or at least it shouldn’t be all about me.

Over the past few years, I have shared fewer and fewer photos of myself. I am not trying to erase my existence off of the internet or anything like that. But rather, I am more comfortable being behind the camera than in front of it. I don’t mind being in photos here and there, and I don’t object to others taking my photo. But I am not aggressive about getting my photo out there, either.

They say that self-promotion is essential for building your “personal brand” on social media and such. People trust you more if they know who you are. And you will find a photo of me right there on the About Burnsland page, if you need to see me. All anyone has to do is look. Plus, I have a family photo that includes me that I will share in the next week or so, too.

So you might see me here from time to time, but I would much rather share photos of my other family members and places we have been. Because like life in general, it isn’t all about me.

Bible Verse

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. - Philippians 2:3-4

About the Sketch

Once again, this sketch was created on Procreate on an iPad using a digital pencil. The more I explore with all of that, the more I see that there are endless possibilities of what can be done. Those with a little more knowledge and ability than me can do some fantastic things. I still have a lot to learn, but that is part of the fun.

Also, if the opening heading sounds familiar, I lifted that line from the old Ray Stevens song, “It’s Me Again Margaret.” Or maybe it sounds familiar to you because I used that joke in the most recent email from the Burnsland email list. If that does not sound familiar, you can sign up to get the emails, too! I do what I can, but I do not always guarantee funny jokes.


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Burnsland is Steve Burns, with generous help from his lovely wife Laura. Steve is a husband, father, photographer, webmaster, writer, podcaster, artist, Christian. Steve enjoys sharing his photography, art, and stories through Burnsland.com, from the Burnsland World Headquarters in Tennessee.