Friday, January 30, 2009

Black History Month Portraits






































































































I just finished up a series of portraits that will be used in a Black History Month product line next year. I did them on 80 lb. medium surface drawing paper with regular 2B & 3B pencils. Featured are Marian Anderson (singer), Mary Church Terrell (writer/civil rights activist), Kenneth Clark (psychologist), Paul Robeson (athlete/actor), and Martin Luther King, Jr.

[NOTE]: I thought these would work for the "time" theme at Illustration Friday, not only because these individuals forged new paths for equality during a time when support for their cause was limited, but their accomplishments also broke new ground for the basic rights of everyone, and put simply, affected history.

29 comments:

snowowl551 said...

Christian, These are amazing! My name is Marcia and I go to Indy Vineyard.

Andrea said...

Unreal!!!! Diggs...you are the bomb!

Matthew Smith said...

amazing work! you really have some amazing talents!!! well done!

Dusik said...

hmmmm this is so strange! i also just posted a portrait of a black woman i saw once. totally unrelated to anything, just a coincidence...

these portraits here are really beautiful

Michael said...

Very beautiful work...

blackbird illustration said...

Well done!!!

murphy girl said...

wow, amazing work!

Anonymous said...

Beeeeeeautiful.

Wow.

krisztina maros said...

fantastic works! congratulations!

Brine Blank said...

Great hand on these!!!

Knitting Painter Woman said...

Wonderful portraits... and THANK YOU for explaining to this non-psychic person how they relate to the IF topics. Really. I don't "need" cliches, but I was frustrated at the participants who seemed to be "breaking the rules" not to mention the spirit of IF.

Indigene said...

You are an amazing talent! I love these portraits and what a tremendous tribute...Bravo...and thank you for sharing your talent!

Vanessa said...

WOW!!! Your portraits are BEAUTIFUL! The detail is amazing. I am so capitavated by the Kenneth Clarke portrait. Wonderful work :)

Eric Barclay said...

My jaw is on the floor. Amazing work.

Alina Chau said...

These are beautiful!!

kurzen said...

Elden, these are sweeeeeeet! Nice work man.

Kstyles said...

These are beautiful!

LudaChristian said...

Thanks for the kind words, everyone. :)

justdoodleit said...

Wow, these are superb!

Jack Foster said...

Wow great work! God bless you brother.

J-Kiddin' said...

So good. You've blown me away once again my friend.

Gina said...

Wow, incredible, amazing, beautiful, inspiring, Wow!!!

Nancy Bea Miller said...

Just beautiful!

Peter Breese said...

These are absolutely wonderful. Bravo!

Quilt Knit said...

Wonderful work! I would like to know how large the paper
is and did you spray fix these work. If you did spray fix, what kind do you recommend?
Just wonderful!

LudaChristian said...

@Quilt Knit: The paper was Strathmore 11"x14" medium drawing paper (80#)... and yes I did use a fixitive -- Krylon Workable Fixatif that I had leftover from college! :)

Gina said...

PS, you've got to come look at my The Offering animation, by the looks of these drawings, I think you would like it! http://www.nanogirl.com/personal/theoffering.html

Soul patch said...

Your art is fantastic! :)

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