Friday, March 4, 2011

Historic Trauma Cases # 2

As stated here back in September, I have been drawing the spot illustrations for Advance News Magazine’s “Historic Trauma” articles. These articles run in several medical magazines and seem to focus mainly on cases of famous people’s deaths. It seems there are usually some kind of conclusive statements that express how the person’s life could have been saved if they were alive today or if their ailments were treated differently.

The editors have me work in with old-tymie sepia tones and antique cross-hatching and brush work. It’s always a challenge when doing portrait work to somehow make it your own, especially when you are looking at someone else’s photo(s) reference. After all, photography is an art form, and you never want to completely rip off another artist.

President William Howard Taft

The Apollo 1 Astronauts (Command Pilot Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Pilot Roger B. Chaffee, and Senior Pilot Edward H. White) who died during a pre-launch test for the Apollo 1 mission at the Kennedy Space Center.

John Thoreau (Henry David’s Brother)

Father Vincent Robert Capodanno, Jr. (The Grunt Padre)

And Charles Dickens (my favorite of the bunch)

1 comment:

Gregor said...

Brilliant work.

It reminds meof this book I have by Robert Crumb with all these Illustrstions of early twentieth century musicians.