Saturday, January 2, 2010

Rodak's Drawings: the Process Revealed

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It was noted in the comments section of my previous post that the sketch of an upraised fist resembled a "Power to the People" symbol. Actually, however, that drawing was abstracted from this one:


This drawing, in turn, was my interpretation of a detail from the photograph below (or one very similar to it):

Am I the only one, btw, who has noticed that if LHO had lived to middle-age, he would have looked exactly like Howard Dean?


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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Okay, I won't comment on the Dean thing, but it's obvious you got some good art tutelage when you were wielding that pencil. Hands, like faces, are considered one of the most complex and challenging parts of the human body to render in life drawing. You can never go wrong doing hand studies!

Interesting that TIME used an illustration rather than wire photo for the portrait back then. TIME was a bit more classy in terms of editorial art and design in days before Kindles and cable.

---MS

Rodak said...

Time never used photographs for their covers until relatively recent times.

LHO and HD have the same mouth (among other physiognomic similarities.) In order to draw, one has to have an eye; and one who has an eye notices such correspondences.

Anonymous said...

I think my eye is keen enough. Although I have always noticed a certain similiarity between John Kerry and Ray Bolger in the "Wizard of Oz."

http://www.triviatribute.com/images4/raybolger1a.jpg

---MS

Rodak said...

Yeah, that too.