Remember Cyndi Lauper’s song, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun?” Well, I have to say that I had FUN yesterday creating several zany portraits – Picasso style!
I started by finding four different reference photos of faces in a magazine or newspaper for each portrait. I chose to use soft vine charcoal but you could use any drawing material.
Using my first photo, I drew the person’s head shape and hair in my sketchbook. I added the eyes and nose from the second photo. From the third photo, the mouth and referencing the forth photo for the hands.
For this portrait, I used Cyndi Lauper’s head shape and hair and Bob Costas hand. The other features were from people I didn’t know in a magazine.
I exaggerated the ears and hair a little… This is the FUN part! You don’t have to make the features all the same size or symmetrical like Picasso often did in his portraits. And by smearing the charcoal I added some value to the faces which made them more interesting.
I had fun with the man’s glasses and his hands in this one:
And this last one is my favorite – I had fun with her eyelashes and hands:
I learned this exercise from Carla Sonheim. I hope you give it a try too. 🙂
Happy Drawing!!! 😉