12 June 2009

Sportski en Plastique (Gretzky)

20" x 26", watercolour on Yupo, 2009

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I'm not a big sports fan, so I asked a few of my friends for suggestions as to which players in various sports would be good/interesting/popular/famous to paint. I chose Gretzky myself --cuz who doesn't know who Wayne Gretzky is?-- and figured this image (not my own photo) of him hoisting the Stanley Cup is as iconic as it gets.

I wanted to see if I could make an effective and recognizeable portrait of someone famous and, although I feel the likeness is pretty good, this desire prompted me to try another portrait (rather than a straight-up action scene) with Tiger Woods, which I think is even more successful.

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