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.
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.
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.
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!