There’s more than one way to draw a cubism portrait. This project uses bright bold markers to finish the two-sided look of a classic cubism face.
There are lots of long-winded explanations of what cubism is, but I like to boil it down to the idea that it’s seeing two sides of one thing at the very same time.
One of the easiest ways for students to try out that idea is to have them draw a face, with a cubism approach applied to it. One side is drawn in profile view, and one is straight forward. And if you make the dividing line run from the top of the face to the bottom, you get closed shapes that can easily be colored differently to emphasis the look.
This drawing can look great in all kinds of media, I just prefer one that lets your colors be as bright and bold as possible. Mr. Sketch Markers are a fun to work with, but in the end it’s also about the time and care that is taken while coloring. The more carefully things are filled in, the better (no scribbles!).
Here are a few more cubism project ideas.
- Draw Cubism Face PDF (click here to open page)
- Drawing paper
- Marker, black chisel tip
Time needed: 1 hour.
Draw a Cubism Portrait
- Make guidelines. Draw the head and neck.
- Start the nose.
- Add the mouth and chin.
- Draw the left profile face.
- Draw the right forward looking eye.
- Add the right side lips.
- Add two ears, they need not match.
- Draw the hair.
- Trace with a thick marker and color.