I've finally realized my process in creating art. I always come up with a concept (good or bad . . . usually bad) that I become absolutely obsessed with. I just won't let it go until it's nearly time for the project to be due and I haven't gotten anything solid done. Then, with very little time left, I come up with something in a hurry. Though the final concept is usually better, I need to start letting go of the ones that don't work sooner so I have more time to perfect the better ones.
That process is how I got my self-portrait done. All in all, i think I spent a good 40 hours on the original only to toss it becuase it just wasn't very good. Total time spent on this one is maybe 3 hours.
For the most part, I just wanted something simple (especially compared to the original) with white space.