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After President Obama's speech to the entire 2020 High School (Original Post) lunatica May 2020 OP
Wonderful AJT May 2020 #1
Send it to the OBAMAs! UTUSN May 2020 #2
I think someone would toss it on some pile of gifts lunatica May 2020 #3
NOT "like this"! UTUSN May 2020 #4
Yeah, but you're biased lunatica May 2020 #5
This is gorgeous lunatica. MontanaMama May 2020 #6
I imagine he and Michelle get thousands of letter lunatica May 2020 #8
Really beautiful! summer_in_TX May 2020 #7
I wanted to depict him laughing because I lunatica May 2020 #10
The only time I can remember Blue_playwright May 2020 #16
Truly awesome! Nt Trueblue Texan May 2020 #9
You're very talented! /nt spudspud May 2020 #11
Thanks! lunatica May 2020 #19
This is exceptional! Duppers May 2020 #12
Just beautiful ailsagirl May 2020 #13
Looks like digital art, yeah? n/t Eyeball_Kid May 2020 #14
It's pop art in the style of Che Quevara's black and red portrait lunatica May 2020 #17
This is so marvelous! MLAA May 2020 #15
I have done others lunatica May 2020 #18
I would so love to see both of them. MLAA May 2020 #23
Here's the one of Jackie lunatica May 2020 #25
Omg. MLAA May 2020 #26
Thank you! lunatica May 2020 #27
O.K., just saw this again, fell in love again UTUSN Jun 2020 #28
That's a great compliment! lunatica Jun 2020 #29
This is stunning. cate94 May 2020 #20
Thank you for such a warm reply lunatica May 2020 #22
Lovely malaise May 2020 #21
This is perfect! You are so talented!!! LiberalLoner May 2020 #24

lunatica

(53,410 posts)
3. I think someone would toss it on some pile of gifts
Sat May 16, 2020, 10:55 PM
May 2020

he and Michelle get every day. They must get thousands of things like this.

lunatica

(53,410 posts)
8. I imagine he and Michelle get thousands of letter
Sat May 16, 2020, 11:24 PM
May 2020

and gifts every single day. That would be all part of how beloved they are. And because they probably get hate mail and all kinds of awful things too, their mail is most likely one of the jobs of the secret service detail, or their assistants. My work would end up on the large pile marked “artwork”.

summer_in_TX

(2,643 posts)
7. Really beautiful!
Sat May 16, 2020, 11:24 PM
May 2020

The love with which it was done shines through, as does the love and joy of President Obama. He shines!

lunatica

(53,410 posts)
10. I wanted to depict him laughing because I
Sat May 16, 2020, 11:52 PM
May 2020

love his laugh.

We’ve all noticed that Trump never laughs. He can’t. There is no lightness in him.

Duppers

(28,076 posts)
12. This is exceptional!
Sun May 17, 2020, 12:11 AM
May 2020

You've captured his essences, as they say.

And this is also my favorite way of thinking of him.

lunatica

(53,410 posts)
17. It's pop art in the style of Che Quevara's black and red portrait
Sun May 17, 2020, 12:48 AM
May 2020

I made large solid areas of black and white without entering a whole lot of detail. I used a photograph of him that I liked because he was laughing. In the end I did put in the fine detail of his crows feet and the vein that can be seen on the side of his forehead. It’s not something that people would notice when looking at him, but it’s actually a unique feature of his face. I think it’s actually why people recognize that it’s him. That and the shape of his teeth.

MLAA

(17,021 posts)
15. This is so marvelous!
Sun May 17, 2020, 12:21 AM
May 2020

I love the joy in his eyes. I can’t believe you captured his charisma in black and white. Simple, but so expressive. Have you done other pop art kind of portraits? This really is special.

lunatica

(53,410 posts)
18. I have done others
Sun May 17, 2020, 12:57 AM
May 2020

I was commissioned to do portraits with only two colors in the style of the iconic Red and black painting of Che Quevara. My client was from South America and she wanted a portrait of Che only she wanted it to show him laughing. She said he was a person who laughed too. The painting was quite large. It was 4 ft x 4 ft. and his face filled the canvas. She wanted one of Jackie Kennedy done the same way. I did hers on a 3 ft x 3 ft canvas.

The paintings worked so I did a few more. It was a challenge and I liked the results. I love challenges.

I will probably post them sometime.

MLAA

(17,021 posts)
23. I would so love to see both of them.
Sun May 17, 2020, 03:53 PM
May 2020

Please start with Jackie! I really look forward to seeing them.

lunatica

(53,410 posts)
25. Here's the one of Jackie
Sun May 17, 2020, 09:16 PM
May 2020

I always look for pictures that are different and that appeal to me. Pictures people may not be aware that they’re being taken. This one is 3 ft x 3 ft.

MLAA

(17,021 posts)
26. Omg.
Sun May 17, 2020, 11:25 PM
May 2020

Exquisite. Her eyes. Her chin. They define her. You nailed not only her beauty but her poise. The minimal use of grey on the upper left and around her chignon is powerful.

What medium do you use, if you don’t mind my asking and how long did it take? I expect whoever commissioned it was thrilled. It’s like you somehow, in what appears to be minimal effort, capture not only their appearance but their personality.

Exquisite, dear lunatics, exquisite. She holds her own beside the marvelous President Obama portrait.

lunatica

(53,410 posts)
27. Thank you!
Mon May 18, 2020, 12:23 AM
May 2020

I used acrylic paint. The reason I like acrylics is because you can use them like oil paints and also like watercolor washes. In order for it to be completely smooth, with no paint brush lines I painted it in many layers. It was a relatively slow process because I had to make sure each layer was quite dry before I added another layer and I had to make it a really solid black and white. At the same time I had to apply the paint carefully to make the edges where black and white meet as sharp and clean as possible. I couldn’t make any mistakes because the painting would be ruined. I was very satisfied with it and my customer was over the Moon with it.

I had never painted anything like that before so I surprised myself. After they came out so well I painted the one of Obama. It’s a lot of meticulous work with all those edges and it takes patience, which goes pretty contrary to how I usually paint. It can get tedious because you can’t just get lost in “the zone”.

cate94

(2,788 posts)
20. This is stunning.
Sun May 17, 2020, 01:20 AM
May 2020

I think he’d love it. When he was President, he had a staffer specifically looking through e-mail to point out important messages. It wouldn’t surprise me if he still does. At any rate, it’s beautiful and I think you should give him the opportunity to enjoy it.

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