I love the human figure, and I have been drawing and painting it since high school. In college, when I was taking a gymnastics class (I also loved taking P.E. classes), I was unable to complete my assignment on parallel bars, so the instructor let me do a series of figures
doing various gymnastics moves to complete the credit I needed.
As a painter, I tend to use the figure symbolically, rather than realistically.
If I were to do a self-portrait, I think it would be of a figure of me, rather than of my face.