Self-portrait by Duncraig student in Black Swan Youth Prize finals

Black Swan Youth Prize finalist Natasha Amidzic with her painstakingly-executed self-portrait.
Black Swan Youth Prize finalist Natasha Amidzic with her painstakingly-executed self-portrait.

AS a child, Natasha Amidzic would sketch pictures of cartoons in her spare time.

Years later, the 16-year-old St Stephen’s School Duncraig student has been announced as a finalist in the Black Swan 2015 Youth Portraiture Prize.

Natasha is one of 40 WA finalists from 135 applicants.

The Year 10 student, who usually paints landscapes, said she was thrilled to be recognised for her self-portrait.k.

“I was really excited and my parents were really proud,” Natasha said.

“I enjoy how relaxing and soothing art can be and you really don’t have to think too much about it.”

But the Duncraig resident did admit it took hours to perfect her artwork, which she sketched using charcoal and chalk.

“The eyebrows were the hardest part because you have to get the arch right and they really frame the face,” Natasha said.

“First I measured everything; so where the tip of the nose will be to where the eyebrow will be and then I joined the dots.

“Then I started shading the shirt and built my way up.”

Duncraig head of secondary Bruce Titlestad said he was very impressed with Natasha’s self-portrait.

“The way she has sketched each strand of hair, facial feature and fold in her school uniform, it’s as if the picture is real,” Mr Titlestad said.

Winners will be announced tomorrow at the 2015 Youth Award Night.