A couple of months ago, we were given a task to shoot 'Blue'. It was totally up for our own interpretation. For me, I decided to find inspiration from Picasso's blue period and found a painting called La Celestina painted by Picasso in 1904. To give a little background, Celestina was a notorious procuress from a 15th century Spanish play who was the subject of Picasso's painting. I tried recreating the painting in the studio using myself as the sitter.
Studying the lighting of a painting certainly helped with the lighting in the studio. What I found unsuccessful in this image was the expression I had. I will have to learn to be more patient when creating self-portraits and study expressions a little more!