Self-Portrait Research

In order to get a better idea of how I’m going to create my self-portrait, I looked up other famous artists for inspiration. I chose to research Pablo Picasso and studied his works over the years.

At the age of 18, Picasso drew himself with charcoal in a visually realistic style. He used different strokes to achieve depth: using lighter strokes for shading and heavier strokes for the definite lines of his face and hair.

By the time he was 20, Picasso had entered his blue period in which he created all his paintings with hues of blue. He battled through depression and would express himself through the colors to create a depressing mood. The soft brush strokes help to attribute to the mood as well and helps the picture to blend in.

When he was 25, Picasso had started to experiment with different styles. It’s the beginning of when he turned to cubism. His lines are thicker in most parts and the colors are brighter. He greatly emphasizes aspects of his face such as his nose. The noticeable strokes help a person’s eye to the picture.

As he grew older, he moved even further away from realism and moved towards more non-sequential creations.

At the age of 90, his self- portrait still resembles a human-like figure, but is greatly distorted in the placement of the eyes and the head shape. He used a type of hatching to create the depth of the figure.

Works Cited

“Picasso’s Self Portrait Evolution From Age 15 To Age 90.” Bored Panda. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2017. <;.

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