Charcoal after Picasso

This was one of the Betty Edwards exercises that I rather liked; copying a Picasso self-portrait in charcoal. It’s the 1899-1900 Barcelona self-portrait, if you’d like to look it up for a comparison.

I rather like how I re-interpreted the facial features and the neck even when I was trying to copy faithfully. It was also a great exercise to get a feel for what charcoal does well and not so well.

Have you ever tried to copy somebody else’s image of themselves? What have you learned?

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One thought on “Charcoal after Picasso

  1. Oh, I remember that exercise from the book, too, awesome!
    Hm, I think it helps you see them with their own eyes? Which I always find a rare and exciting experience. I really recommend it.

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