Artwork & Words © Richard Ewing all rights reserved

Artwork & Words © Richard Ewing all rights reserved

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

IF ...yield

Always wise to be prepared to yield when in the same room as Don Vito Corleone... Marlon Brando's cuddly facade, in the role of the Godfather, belied the claws ready to strike.
Or a purr you can't refuse.
© Richard Ewing. All rights reserved.
© Richard Ewing. All rights reserved.
© Richard Ewing. All rights reserved.

© Richard Ewing. All rights reserved.
Thank you, and enjoy.

14 comments:

  1. I love the little cat on his hands, great touch!!

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  2. WOW! This is terrific! I like how your color scheme mirrors the violent nature of this kingpin, being the color of dried blood, and the splattered paint compounds the effect. His eyes, too, being hidden in shaddow, add to the intrigue. Poor kitty. Looks like he's about to have the livin' daylight squeezed out of him.

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  3. Ok, this time in the sketches I see Uncle Sam and possibly in the upper right, Salvador Dali (or I could be totally wrong!) I agree with Mardi and am worried for the poor cat. But wow, really terrific with the darker colors than you normally use. He's got an excellent godfather expression and I would prefer not to be alone in a room with him.

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    1. You're correct about Uncle Sam, but no Dali this time.
      The others, (at varying degrees of readability) are:
      Rosa Parks
      Rosie the Riveter
      Clark Gable
      Robin Hood
      Severus Snape
      Mr. Brando
      and Scrooge
      The Beatles are floating up above, but they belonged to another illustration

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    2. Snape, ha! I couldn't place him but it's very clear now. Rosie the Riveter and the Beatles are definitely recognizable if I had given it a few more minutes. ;)

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  4. Poor kitty! I really like the sketches on this one.

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  5. Interesting how the piece moves from flat to fully formed, form, from top to bottom. Very unified color and not seeing the eyes is all the more scarier. And I have a feeling the cat makes it out alive, if not, I'm sure he has more lives to live.

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  6. I love the fleshy Rubenesc quality of the portrait. The sense of weight is immense and makes Brando seem immovable. The color palette is subtly angry. It makes me feel like I am on the streets of New York.

    poor kitty

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  7. Seems to seep in from the background in an evil way...good painting!

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  8. You've definitely captured the essence of fleshy, jowly Brando. And the kitty! Love it!!

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  9. Great illustration. Appropriate color palette, unique style, & a cat about to have the life crushed out of him! Who could ask for more?!

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  10. don't want him to make an offer we can't refuse, really great style! you really captured his persona.

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  11. Great! You really nailed it!


    (Color is very well chosen.)

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