'Pops' Louis Armstrong

Charcoal Portrait of the great Louis Armstrong with angel wings in the smoke, on Strathmore paper.

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Comment by Melinda F. Roth on December 5, 2017 at 6:36pm

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. :)

Comment by Resident Curator on December 5, 2017 at 3:45pm

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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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