My good friend Ernesto Nemesio inspired me to create a self portrait after seeing his own self portrait. I didn't have any preconceived idea other than to just start building an image up with shapes and color and hopefully at some point it would start to resemble me. No drawings or sketches. Just purely reacting to my natural instincts. I started with torn cardboard glued to a 16X20 masonite board. After that I started layering a variety of colored papers and tissue paper. It was a blast. So much so that I am working on a new one as we speak. I encourage everyone to create their own self portrait. It is a very liberating and self reflective process.



At 11:23 PM, Blogger Ed said...

It was great seeing the original,
amazing work Ben.

At 1:48 PM, Blogger Tanner said...

That's Ben alright! Nicely done sir! Is that real beard hair?

At 6:33 PM, Blogger Jorge R. Gutierrez said...

Are you Ben Butcher from CalArts who was into Metallica and played soccer really well for a white guy?

At 10:59 AM, Blogger The Butcher said...

-Yes I am that Ben Butcher. C'mon now there is only one "Ben Butcher"!


Is this the intoxicated Jorge who I pulled off a skinny spanish man in attempt to prevent you from having a criminal record? Is this the Jorge who was partners in crime with Daveed?

I checked out your blog and you have been doing some amazing things with yourself. Congratulations on all the success. We should catch up sometime.


At 9:45 PM, Anonymous Ben Butcher (Australia) said...


My name is Ben Butcher too!
However Im from Melbourne Australia..
Nice art there Ben.

Im in bands and stuff.. Maybe we could trade occupations for a day or 3...

I take photos too..
this is me: www.myspace.com/longexposure

say g'day some time


At 10:44 PM, Blogger Jeff Harter said...

My name is not Ben Butcher. But I did go to CalArts and did like Metallica too before they went country. I didn't play soccer. But I did play football. Not soccer football, but football football.

Hey Ben, awesome beard. When are you going to go Jay Beuner again? That's where I'm at these days.

Hey, go to google and type in "Packages from Planet X." Make sure you use the quotes. :o)

At 11:37 PM, Blogger Jorge R. Gutierrez said...

Dude it is you!!!
Love to catch up with you.

How about you send me your e-mail tough guy?

At 4:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there anywhere I can buy prints of your work? I couldn't find anything through google but I may not have been looking hard enough. Thanks!

At 2:11 PM, Blogger Tanner said...

I bought your Wall-e book but it isn't autographed and doesn't have beard hairs glued in it. What gives?

At 9:27 PM, Blogger Christian Robinson said...

Another masterpiece. This self portrait definitely captures your essence. It also looks like a Jewish Rabbi .
Hope your good buddy : )

At 8:49 PM, Blogger Ed said...

Thanks man.

At 10:36 AM, Blogger Stéphane Kardos said...

what's your email address?

At 9:19 AM, Blogger Leeanna Butcher said...

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At 9:28 AM, Blogger The Butcher said...

I will e-mail you shortly so we can catch up. I do not know how you have lived so long without me in your life.

E-mail me at work. Quinn and George have my e-mail.

The next time our eyes meet in person you can hand pick your own beard hair.

Unfortunately I do not have any prints of my work. I tend to just make the work and then shove it under the bed. :) Thanks for asking.

At 5:26 AM, Blogger Craig Mackay said...

This is rad! The next one you do needs to have earrings and a ball cap.

At 11:55 PM, Blogger Jorge R. Gutierrez said...

Still waiting for that e-mail Ben...

At 4:24 PM, Blogger nic said...

Hi Ben! Wow it's been a while since I stopped in here, this portrait is sooo great!

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At 10:40 AM, Blogger scrumptious delight said...

Cleo recognised you instantly!!


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