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Bewitching Portraits Depict Enigmatic Female Figures With Animal Masks

Digital Portrait Paintings by Laura H Rubin

Switzerland-based artist Laura H. Rubin breathes life into surreal ideas in her digital paintings. She uses her masterful skills to render ethereal female figures in hyperrealistic detail, making dreamlike scenes not only visible but believable to the viewer. Some of her latest portraits feature graceful women adorned with headwear inspired by different animals.

United by a limited color palette of black, white, and red, these illustrations stand out for their simplicity. Each of the women appears in the center of the composition, their unique animal mask framing their head and face. One figure, for instance, is adorned by a costume of a cat, which covers her eyes so that only her nose and lips are visible. Although the viewer cannot make out what she is thinking, the inky black clothing, hair, and costume give the impression she is in a somber or even fearsome state of mind.

In another portrait, Rubin covers a women's head with the face of a black Dobermann, the juxtaposition of which enhances the delicate features of the human character. “I create paintings of mainly female figures who, despite their fragile appearance, radiate an inner strength through facial expressions,” Rubin tells My Modern Met. “These antagonisms in my paintings also address women's still prevalent perceived inferiority.”

You can purchase prints of Rubin's art via INPRNT and find some of her digital art sets (including Procreate brushes) and e-workbooks in her shop. Keep up to date with her latest projects by following the artist on Instagram.

Switzerland-based artist Laura H. Rubin creates exquisite digital paintings.

Digital Portrait Paintings by Laura H RubinDigital Portrait Paintings by Laura H Rubin

Her latest series merges depictions of ethereal women with animal motifs.

Digital Portrait Paintings by Laura H RubinDigital Portrait Paintings by Laura H Rubin

These female characters wear head coverings inspired by wolves, cats, and birds.

Digital Portrait Paintings by Laura H RubinDigital Portrait Paintings by Laura H RubinLaura H. Rubin: INPRNT | Website | Instagram

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Laura H. Rubin.

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. She wrote and illustrated an instructional art book about how to draw cartoons titled 'Cartooning Made Easy: Circle, Triangle, Square' that was published by Walter Foster in 2022.
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