I actually didn’t model this one off a Picasso image, but he does seem to show up a lot. This was modelled after a random portrait where the model had Cubist makeup and thick, almost unrealistically solid hair. I wasn’t sure of the colours, but found the Eastern European features and African colours played a nice contrast and delivered a fascinating tension. I wanted to see what I could make of it.

The contours I drew feel more cubist than intended and it feel like I’m blurring the natural contours when highlighting the makeup. The female model was not model-thin, but also wasn’t as sturdy looking as I have her in this drawing. Here we could almost question the gender of the figure. I guess had I chosen to add a subtle shadow where an Adam’s apple might be, it would further the androgyny. The hair was a strange challenge. I wasn’t sure I wanted to play it as thick or solid as it showed on the model. I chose a more painterly finish and I hope it works for you as much as it does for me.

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