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Mr Picasso Head
Member Name: angeelu
Date: 03/09/04, updated on 14/10/04 (528 review reads)
Advantages: A bit of fun, Educational?, Suitable for everyone
Disadvantages: Not simple to print just your work
You've heard of Mr Potato Head - I'm sure about that... But have you heard of Mr Picasso Head? Even if you know nothing or very little about art (like myself) you've probably heard of the artist Picasso, you know, the one famous for drawing portraits of people in a kind of abstract way with their facial features drawn from different angles and exaggerated and the likes... Rubbish explanation of his work I'm sure, but I'm not an artist...
I came across this website at the school I work at - whilst sat in the ICT suite the art teacher came in with a class and asked them to go to this site (www.mrpicassohead.co.uk). I was intrigued straight away, so found myself following his instructions and heading for the same site.
When you first access the site you're faced with two options - Play or View Gallery... You know what you want to do first... Play!!
When you click on Play you're presented with your blank canvas on the right hand side of the screen. On the left you'll find a list of features. Towards the centre you'll find examples of these features for you to use in your artwork. At the bottom of the screen you'll find additional tools to create your masterpiece, such as colour, scale up/down, rotate etc.
Ok - well, if you're going to create a masterpiece in the style of Picasso you'll probably want to start with a head. The head is selected as the default option when you go to the site, so it's a case of choosing the head you want to use and dragging it to the canvas, dropping it where you want it to go. When you release your mouse button it'll appear larger than the icon you drag on to the canvas - you can resize the shape you've dropped by clicking on it whilst it's on the canvas to select it then clicking on wither the scale up or scale down icons. You can rotate
it or recolour it using the same technique (clicking on it then clicking on the relevant tool icon).
Now you've got your head shape you'll want to start adding features - that's easy enough - click on the word for whatever feature it is you're after (e.g. eyes, nose, lips, ears, eyebrows, hair etc.) and choose from the selection available, dragging and dropping them in place as you see fit. As with the head you can resize, recolour, rotate and move these features until they're just where you want them.
In addition to the facial features you'll also find the option to add abstracts (shapes that you can put into the background of your picture or use to create other features), and a signature option. To use the signature option, just click on it, then type in your name as you want it to appear on your artwork (e.g. angeelu) - then click on the sign button. Your signature, written in Picasso style writing, will appear alongside your Picasso style artwork.
Proud of Your Work?
If you want to share your Picasso-style portrait then you have the option to save/email your work. To do this you have to give your painting a title and enter any email addresses you want to send your painting to. Your painting will be saved to the site's gallery and those people you've emailed will be sent a link to your art.
If you're unhappy with your art then you can start over - do this by clicking the start over button!
As already mentioned, you can email a link to your work to yourself or your friends. Alternatively you can search the gallery either by artists name (this needs to be the name they signed their work with) or painting title (again, you'll need to know the right title if you're searching for a particular painting). The search engine isn't great so don't expect it to find your painting immediately, you may still have to do a
it of searching for it, or you may still not find it! If you find a painting you like in the gallery you again have the option to email a link for it to yourself or friends.
Alternatively, you can just browse the whole gallery, clicking between next and previous to browse the artwork. It'll take you too long to see them all mind - at the time of writing this there's well over 269,000 pictures.
This site is great for a few reasons.
Firstly it's a bit of fun. Whether you are interested in art or not if you visit this site you'll find yourself making a picture no matter how obscure. Maybe you'll save it, maybe you won't but you'll most likely have a go.
Secondly it's educational. Not in the sense that you'll achieve masterclass artist status overnight, but you'll become more familiar with the style that Picasso used in his work, and maybe it'll open your mind to be more creative in your own painting and art work (if that's your thing).
Thirdly, it's suitable for everyone! It's so simple to use that I would imagine if you're old enough to know how to use a mouse and click and drag you can have a go at making your own Mr Picasso Head.
Disadvantages? Very few. Printing your picture is not all that easy - easiest way to just get your picture is probably to do a screen dump and crop the picture so you just get your painting. Alternatively you could go to file and print, though you'll get the whole internet page and not just your pic.