How to Create Memoji of Your Favorite Artists Using iOS 12
With the imminent release of Memoji, customizable and animated human avatars for iOS 12 users, on September 17th, we began wondering how famous artists past and present would look as small digital effigies. If you have an iPhone or iPad that currently runs iOS 11, you’ll be able to download the iOS 12 update, detailed at Apple’s iPhone event today, to create your own Memoji. With a range of options for skin tones, facial features, hair colors and styles, and accessories, you can make your digital self look like you—or not like you at all.
Like its predecessor Animoji, Memoji will use your device’s front-facing camera to mimic your movements and expressions and deliver your recorded reactions—including voice messages—through the Messages app. You can store multiple Memoji, so you can create some inspired by your favorite artists and use them when you need to channel your inner
Though Memoji are certainly entertaining, while creating the artist examples listed below, we did find that the options are somewhat limited if you want to design a true likeness. We were unable to pull off the looks of some artists with notable features (
Hairstyles also proved difficult to get right, especially for black artists. It was somewhat expected that we wouldn’t be able to emulate
Out of the artists we attempted, here are the most successful, as well as step-by-step slideshows on how to make them.
How to Make a Takashi Murakami Memoji
The prolific contemporary Japanese artist, known for his
How to Make a Yayoi Kusama Memoji
Powerhouse contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, who has awed generations with her “Infinity Room” series, can join your Memoji roster with her characteristic bright-red chin-length bob and bangs.
How to Make a Yoko Ono Memoji
How to Make a Nick Cave Memoji
Celebrate the contemporary artist-dancer known for his “Soundsuits”—wearable fabric constructions at the intersection of fashion, performance art, and sculpture—by choosing a white beard and contrasting dark eyebrows.
How to Make a Leonardo da Vinci Memoji
Who would have thought there’d be a Leonardo da Vinci hat? When combined with the artist’s long facial hair (if you’re sensing a theme, yes, men with facial hair probably have it the easiest in Memoji form), the
How to Make a Salvador Dalí Memoji
The avatar form of the famed Spanish artist may not quite have the mustache length (and, admittedly, he may look a bit like a contemporary hipster version of himself), but if you are having a
How to Make a Mark Bradford Memoji
The collage and installation artist reached a milestone this year as the most expensive living artist of color, so utilize a Bradford Memoji when you need serious motivation.
How to Make a Georgia O’Keeffe Memoji
The avatar form of this modern American painter doesn’t quite capture her features, which inspired endless photos by
How to Make a Keith Haring Memoji
If you want to pay homage to one of the quintessential New York street artists of the 1980s, you can add a Memoji of Keith Haring to your fanboy or fangirl collection. Top off the late artist’s image with his thin red frames.
Special thanks to Artsy engineer Orta Therox.