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How to Draw a Modigliani Inspired Chalk Pastel Portrait

Artists of Any Age Can Make This Cool Art!

About the Artist: Amadeo Modigliani

Amadeo Modigliani (or Modigliani) was a Jewish painter born in Italy in the 19th century. He started painting when he was young in Italy and moved to Paris to study art. He contracted tuberculosis when he was only 16 years old and ultimately passed away at 35 years old, but with his illness he still studied and made amazing art.


Modigliani is primarily known for his unique style of portrait. The faces and necks of his subjects are very elongated and exaggerated. One of his most famous paintings is this one. This portrait is called Portrait of a Woman with a Hat, and it's actually actually a drawing of his wife! This portrait is a super famous drawing of a woman in a hat. It looks really complex, but we'll break it down and make it super fun to do.


What You'll Need

- Sheet of Black Paper

- Chalk Pastels

- Masking Tape


First, let's use masking tape around the edges of our paper so that way, at the end of our project, we can take the tape off and our art will have a border, like a frame. Beautiful!


Step 1: Organize Your Composition

Once you're ready, let's find a color for your subject's skin, like a tan or a brown color. In the middle of the paper, draw a tiny dot. That marks halfway down. Make a U shape for the face that touches the dot we just drew - that will be her chin!