Thursday Salute to Originals: Picasso-Inspired 3D Renderings

Pakistani digital artist Omar Aquil creates original abstract illustrations.


Omar Aqil is a Pakistan-based digital artist who explores timeless themes through digital art. In his latest project titled Character Illustrations, he is experimenting with minimalist, color-packed shapes and forms.



Inspired by Picasso’s famous style of portraiture, fun, absurd and expressive faces emerge from digitized versions of random objects:

“Making this series I have explored the new simplicity of shapes and forms to make a character’s inner expression which told the whole story,” said Aqil his Behance summary of the project.



Where Picasso used acrylic and enamel for his now-famous works, Aquil’s color-packed pallet is made from digital software including Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D, Octane and Adobe Illustrator. Careful usage of shadow and texture render a 3D effect, making each portrait look like shiny, manufactured sculptures in the real world — a fresh angle on the 2D styling Aqil draws inspiration from.

This Thursday, we’re saluting the fun and fresh 3D portraiture of digital artist Omar Aqil. You can follow the artist’s series updates on Instagram and view more digital masterpieces on his Behance profile.

Sources: Omar Aqil, This is Colossal