Matisse Cuts Out Mr. Bean!

This fun project began as an opportunity to take my new pencils for a test-drive. The musician playing the lute (or weird guitar) is sorta shaped like a kidney bean – so I named him Mr. Bean!

My proportional sketch (below) is based on a section of a huge collage created by Henri Matisse in 1952 (the year I was born) and is approximately 9.5 ft by 12.5 in (292 by 386 cm).

By the 1950’s Henri Matisse was well into his 80’s and his health was failing. He no longer painted but still made art in the medium of paper cutouts; more respectfully called gouache on cut and pasted paper.

The original work is titled The Sorrows of the King and is considered Matisse’s final self-portrait. If you happen to live near or are visiting France, you can find this work in the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris.

So my next goal is to add shading to each shape with my new Faber-Castell pencils! Yeah!


About Brenda Hoddinott
Award-winning artist and author; illustrator, art educator, curriculum designer, co-owner of, owner of Drawspace Publishing, and retired forensic artist Brenda has developed art curricula and taught multidisciplinary arts since 1980. During her 25-year career as a forensic artist, Brenda worked with diverse criminal investigative agencies including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canadian Department of National Defense, private investigative agencies, and municipal police departments. Brenda and her partner John live in the suburbs of Halifax, Nova Scotia with their two SPCA rescue dogs: Timber the Huskador and Katie the Pitweiler. Their blended human family includes five adult children and two grandchildren. Books by Brenda Hoddinott include: 2012: Introduction to Contour Lines (Drawspace Publishing) 2012: Introduction to Drawing (Drawspace Publishing) 2011: Illustrated Dictionary of Art-Related Terms (Drawspace Publishing) 2010: Getting Started with Drawing (Drawspace Publishing) 2004: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Drawing People Illustrated (Alpha Books) 2003: Drawing for Dummies (Wiley Publishing, Inc.)

One Response to Matisse Cuts Out Mr. Bean!

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