Cubism comes to life: A digital tribute to Pablo Picasso

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Given his thoughts on gaining inspiration from another artist’s work, Picasso would most likely appreciate Omar Aqil’s tribute to the artist’s well known Cubism period. His project, titled MIMIC II, takes six portraits initially painted by Picasso and reimagines these as digital prints.

A Digital Tribute to Pablo Picasso

A Digital Tribute to Pablo Picasso

Using Cinema 4D, Adobe Photoshop, and Illustrator Omar Aqil brings Picasso’s two-dimensional interpretations to life in a new way, giving tangible definition to the seemingly flat faces. The modern artist added his mastery by engineering the portraits within images reminiscent of medieval architecture to contribute his style to the original compositions.

New textures and bolder colors further enhance the flat paintings.

Pablo Picasso. Mimic

Pablo Picasso. Naked arms

Pablo Picasso. Woman's head

Woman's head

Pablo Picasso. The sailor

Pablo Picasso. The sailor

Portrait of a woman by Pablo Picasso

Portrait of a woman by Pablo Picasso

Gray face and white hat by Pablo Picasso

Gray face and white hat. Pablo Picasso

Bust of a woman by Pablo Picasso

Bust of a Woman by Pablo Picasso

The Digital Clay Version

Omar takes the geometrical structure of these six Picasso portraits and digitally enhances the complexity of the shapes for which the famous artist is so well known. The digital clay variations allow for new depths for the viewer to interpret, providing a sort of explanation of the original work.

These prints are devoid of color, but instead of detracting from the art, it serves to complement the portraits as solid objects catching both light and shadow.

The Clay Version
Omar Aqil’s digital tribute to Picasso opens the mind to understanding the original intent of the art on a grander scale. The tangibility of the digital renderings opens our eyes to what Picasso may have envisioned but didn’t have the means to execute.

Imagine what Picasso could have done with today’s artistic platforms. Omar gives up a brief glimpse of that greatness!

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