Maasai Portrait

Massai+tutorial-1024x653The Maasai are a group of semi-nomadic people located in Kenya and Tanzania. They are among the best known of African ethnic groups, due to their very colorful customs. One way to simplify (but still celebrate) their look is to draw a solid profile and add your own ornamental headdress.

1. Fold a paper to make the guide lines shown, or draw them lightly in pencil.

2. Follow the diagrams above to draw your own Maasai man or woman. Study the some photos to add your own ideas for headware and neckware.

3. Trace all the lines with a black marker. Fill the body in black and color the rest as desired. Red seems to be a prominent color, so be generous. NOTE: I used Sharpie markers on fingerpaint paper, which is kind of glossy, so the colors stay extra bright.