Here are how a number of extremely famous (and a few not-quite-so famous) artists depicted themselves.
Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is well-known for her scorn of traditional ideas of female beauty, so it is no surprise that her most famous self-portrait emphasizes her mustache and full, unplucked brows. She stares directly at the viewer with pride and perhaps even a bit of derision. She does not soften or sweeten her looks in this portrait, but show her own unvarnished truth about herself and her "imperfections."
Kahlo's husband, fellow Mexican artist Diego Rivera, also painted multiple self-portraits. Rivera also seems to emphasize his imperfections, adding an extra-sagging chin, several weals on his face, and droopy, pouched eyes. And yet, there is a decided intelligence, perhaps even a bit of a smirk as he looks at himself. Like his wife, he sees value in himself beyond his physical looks.
Pablo Picasso painted numerous self-portraits, from realistic charcoal drawings to his more familiar cubist style paintings. He emphasized his eyes, staring boldly at the viewer with a solemn expression.
So what does this have to do with today's Photo a Day subject of "me!"? Well, I'm terrible at taking selfies, so I considered drawing a picture of myself. But I'm even more terrible at drawing. So instead, I opted to depict myself not as I see myself, but as my daughter sees me. She is a wonderful and enthusiastic artist who loves to draw pictures of everyone, including her friends at school and her family. This is a recent portrait she drew of our family.
So how does my daughter see me? She sees me as part of our family, as someone who is always smiling. She sees me as someone who is beautiful and happy and loving. She sees me as I sometimes am, but as I want to be always. Seeing who I am in her eyes makes me want to be that person. She sees the "me!" I could be. She makes me want to be that "me!".