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Charcoal Portrait of the great Louis Armstrong with angel wings in the smoke, on Strathmore paper.
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Thank you very much for your input on my drawings. Yes I did crop the photo that (was not taken by me) It was taken in the 1960's. He was one of my father's favorites and mine as well. It was a fun drawing! Luna was very time consuming but I enjoyed her as well. Both were great practice for me. :)
Welcome to the site! Both of your charcoal drawings have a tremendous photo realistic attention to the subject matter. I do prefer the animation of the gesture and amorphous smoke trail in “Pops” Louis Armstrong. These elements inject a lively energy into the portrait, and relieve the tight focus of the detail in the reflective surfaces of his instrument. I also appreciate how the positioning of the trumpet counterbalances the visual weight of the head, and it’s slightly higher elevation within the picture plane creates diagonal movement. I wonder how much cropping of the image you altered, going on the likely assumption you did not take the original photograph. -Luna is an exquisite drawing as well, but of course with a more head-on depiction. I do hope you continue to post new work on the site. I look forward to it.
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