Positively Picasso Portraits

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.

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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:

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And this last one is my favorite – I had fun with her eyelashes and hands:

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I learned this exercise from Carla Sonheim.  I hope you give it a try too.  🙂

Happy Drawing!!!  😉

31 responses to “Positively Picasso Portraits

  1. how cool Jill! you Inspired me to try some form of Portrait! to give it a go! love that gorgeousness of charcoal you have done 🙂

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  2. These are so cool!!! Love the last one especially! Just love your enthusiasm for creativity!!!!

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  3. It does look like fun. You shine through the Picasso inspiration. (K)

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  4. They are all really neat…Ms.Picasso!!:) Have a fun day creating! xo

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  5. I love the spontaneity of your portraits.

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  6. Very nice…

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  7. Good work…..

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  8. how fun! My favorite one is the second one and I think the reason is that look, the glasses and esp. his hands! these are so cool and I love how you walk on the fun side of creativity, I think that it is important for artists to let loose and just have some fun!

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  9. Fantastic, such joy and character!!

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  10. This is awesome stuff Jill! Thanks for sharing! 👍🏼

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  11. Wowser!! This is incredibly cool!! You amaze me with your dating and creativity!! Love these Jill! Very well done!! 😍🎨😃

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  12. FUN! They all look great. Now, I’ve got that song in my head! Going to play it so it doesn’t get stuck there on a weird loop all day. 🙂 Happy Friday!

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  13. That isgenius technique, Jilland itwouldn’t take much tweaking if you wanted to put a Halloween spinon these 😀

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