Cubist Drawing with video tutorial

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You need just a drawing paper, some colored pencils and watercolors to create this still life in the style of CUBISM. Cubism was a revolutionary new approach to representing reality invented in around 1907–08 by artists Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. They brought different views of subjects (usually objects or figures) together in the same picture, resulting in paintings that appear fragmented and abstracted.

To imitate this pictorial style we need to take three pictures of a still life: we can prepare it on a table, arranging some objects such as vases, bottles, glasses, fruit. We take three different shots of the same still life, changing framing and taking a front view, a top view and a three-quarter view.

We copy the pictures, overlapping the drawings on the same sheet of paper. After that, we color the drawing with colored pencils and paint it with watercolors (or coffee as I suggested in the video-tutorial. It was a time of lock down with closed shops!). Here below the video tutorial

You copy the three pictures on the same sheet of paper, overlapping the three different views.

front view
top view
three-quarter view

Then with a ruler, you draw some straight lines that “break” and further break down the shapes.

The drawing is colored with colored pencils, choosing earthy, brown and monochromatic tones in the style of Analytical Cubism by Braque and Picasso.

Subsequently, some areas of the drawing are painted with watercolors (or coffee as you can see in the video), leaving a few small white areas. Eventually, once dry, further pencil shades can be added.

Here below some student’s drawings:

Here the drawings of Maria Castellano students from the Middle School G. Pascoli in San Giorgio Ionico (Ta) Italy, completed of still lives pictures. Thanks for sharing!

Here below the drawings of Gisella Nabissi students from the Middle School Giovanni III in Mogliano (MC) Italy. These works are full of variety, personality, and talent!


Copying a portrait using the Grid Method

Mandala with Color Theory


1 thought on “Cubist Drawing with video tutorial”

  1. Hi Miriam… Love your site and the work you are doing!
    How long did it take for the children to do that assignement?


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