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Superhero Self Portraits for Kids (+ Printables!)

by Jean Van't Hul
July 9, 2019

Superhero self portraits for kids help them to envision their ideal heroic selves, to dream big, and even to face challenges in everyday life. Includes free printable drawing invitations to help kids get started with their superhero self portraits.

Superhero Self Portraits for Kids with Faber Castell World Colors - Daphne's Rainbow Super Powers

This post is sponsored by Faber-Castell’s World Colors Colored EcoPencils so that superheroes around the world can proudly draw their own skin colors and those of their sidekicks.

This superhero self portrait idea is for kids, but I suggest you get in on the action, too. This is potent stuff. We have the potential inside us to be powerful and to make a huge difference. In our own lives, in the lives of those around us, in the world.

But oftentimes that power is hidden inside us. Either we don’t let that side of ourselves shine through. Or maybe we don’t know it’s there in the first place. Or maybe the routine of school, housework, and everyday life has shoved it to the side. Not necessarily unkindly, but unwittingly.

Well let me tell you. We need our superhero selves.

We need our superhero selves to help us be our best.

To rise above the mundane of everyday life and make a difference.

To dream big. And hold on to those dreams.

Another way you could look at this superhero thing is as an alter ego. One that can help us when our regular every day self is tired or timid or just, you know, normal.

Child drawing her superhero self portrait with rainbow powers

Sometimes we need to be able to access our alter ego to be the person we want to be (rainbow powers!) or to do the right thing.

Or to go after big goals.

Win in sports or life.

Show up on stage or at a party.

Do what might be considered hard otherwise.

If we step into our superhero self (that we all have inside us) we can…

step up to bat and hit a home run
stand up to a bully
help the old lady with her groceries
rescue the cat
go out on stage with confidence instead of the fear we were feeling a few minutes earlier
and so much more.

So how do we step into our superhero self when we want to and need to?

Make Your Own Character (with Super Powers)

The first step is for us to recognize (and yes, develop) our superhero self. And one way to do this is to create a superhero self portrait.

To do this, is much like creating a regular self portrait.

You start by drawing yourself.

But instead of drawing yourself exactly as you are, you give yourself extra powers and confidence to do the things you want to do and be the person you want to be.

Sometimes these powers are obvious in how you draw the face and body of your self portrait.

And sometimes you show your powers with accessories, tools, words and other additional items in the picture.

Detail of Daphne's Superhero Self Portrait with Birds Nest Crown
Detail of Daphne’s superhero self portrait with birds nest crown and abilities to talk to animals and make plants grow.

You can make it up. That’s totally okay.

Some of us may already know our superhero self.

Others need to find him or her.

Some of us just need to develop our superhero self from scratch. (See that “Make Your Own Character” thing again.)

Whichever you are, I encourage you to draw a self portrait.

How to Make Superhero Self Portraits (for kids of all ages)

Note: I have a free 3-page printable for you that invites you to make superhero self portraits with ideas, a frame, and a color-your-own wall art. You can download and print it out at the end of this post.

Self portraits for kids with Faber-Castell World Colors Colored Pencils Collage

Step 1. Draw yourself

Now, this can be a super realistic self portrait or it can be as embellished or fantastical as you like.

Up to you.

Daphne's Self Portrait with Turtles
Daphne’s realistic self portrait with the addition of turtles

For example, Daphne made this portrait of herself as realistic as possible and used the Faber-Castell World Colors pencils to get her skin tone just right, her hair color just right, and all the colors just the way she wanted them.

And then added turtles, because she loves them.

The Faber-Castell World Colors set of colored pencils has 6 skin tone colors that can be layered to create realistic skin tones to match YOU. 

Or, instead of making a realistic self portrait, you may want to give this superhero self portrait idea a try.

Daphne's superhero self portrait with powers to help plants and animals.
Daphne’s superhero self portrait with bird nest crown and powers to grow plants and talk to animals

Step 2. Show your super powers 

Show your special powers through pictures, accessories, symbols, and words.

Superhero Self Portraits for Kids - Control over water and weather
In this superhero self portrait, Daphne has control over water and the weather.

Some superhero powers to consider:

  • Strong
  • Kind
  • Smart
  • Fast
  • Flying ability
  • All seeing
  • Read minds
  • Perfect memory
  • Make people laugh
  • Ability to talk to animals
  • Make plants grow
  • Heal
  • Make rainbows
  • __________

What superhero powers do you want?

What's Your Super Power - Superhero Self Portraits for Kids Daphne's Version

Possible accessories for your superhero self:

  • Cape
  • Mask
  • Wand
  • Glasses
  • Animal
  • Sidekick
  • Magic hands
  • _______?

What superhero accessories will you need?

Printable Drawing Invitations for Kids to Make Their Superhero Self Portraits

Superhero Self Portrait Printables for Kids

I created a 3-page printable drawing invitation for kids to use as they create their own superhero self portraits. You can use the link below to get it.

CLICK HERE to get your free printables!

So pick up a set of World Colors colored pencils by Faber-Castell, print out Superhero Self Portrait Drawing Invitation printables and create your own character and self portrait!

Daphne's Self Portrait with superhero powers and more superhero self portraits for kids

Where to Buy World Colors 

You can buy Faber-Castell’s World Colors colored pencils online on Amazon and on the Faber-Castell shop. You can also find Faber-Castell’s children’s art supplies at toy stores and other retail locations.

A big thank you to Faber-Castell for sponsoring this post and sending me their World Colors colored pencils to try out and review.

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