Picasso’s “Don Quixote” Laser cut in paper

May 24, 2010

Some of you may recognize this sketch.  For those who don’t, it is Pablo Picasso’s interpretation of Don Quixote.  Picasso was obsessed with reducing things to their simplest, most quintessential expression, and I can’t think of a finer example of that.

I love Don Quixote, and you can see the quirksome nobility of Quixote, andhumor and loyalty of Sancho in every stroke.

Aside from being a great piece of art, the pen and ink makes a perfect candidate for the laser.  We used Illustrators Live Trace function to convert the drawing to a vector, and then cut it out of the same black construction paper we used for the tree.

Obviously, since it’s still under copyright, it’s commercial potential is limited, but it’s a beautiful, and personally significant piece that I’m happy to have done.