Fractured Self Portraits

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Using 8” by 10” photographs taken by Ms. Amsler, each student  traced a simplified contour drawing of their face. They transferred the drawings onto colored paper and “fractured” them by dividing the picture into small sections.  Each fractured section became a separate area where we added tones with colored pencils.

Students tried to achieve a range of value, (dark to light tones,) in each section. They were limited to using white and two colors that were analogous to, (in the same family as,) their chosen paper color. When done correctly, the finished portraits are defined more by color and value changes than by the lines themselves!


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Elaine Nogueira
    Sep 16, 2019 @ 21:37:49

    This is a wonderful project! How did you transfer the portraits to the color paper?


  2. Chelsea Burns
    Dec 03, 2019 @ 09:56:06

    Hi! Love this. Did you limit them to the 2 analogous colors + white within the actual person and then let them choose other colors for the background?


    • uamsler
      Dec 03, 2019 @ 20:11:23

      I usually suggest a contrast for the background to help the portrait “pop”, such as the complements of what they used on themselves, though some kids stay in the same color scheme, with a slight change.


  3. Rob
    Aug 27, 2021 @ 01:47:05

    What size and type of coloured paper was the portrait transferred onto?


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