Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Illustration Friday - Gesture

Gustavo Dudamel
Watercolor, pen, colored pencil
2.5 x 3.5 inches ATC
Perhaps a strange image for this weeks Illustration Friday.  I started out drawing a current portrait image of the young but definitely adult music conductor Gustavo Dudamel.  He has such an exuberant and childlike natural quality that I couldn't help but turn him back into a young boy.  He has after all been conducting orchestras since he was 12 years old.  If you have not heard of this talented young man before, please take a few minutes to view the following videos.  He is the prince of passionate and creative gestures, and you can't help but like him. 

60 minutes also had a segment about Gustavo.

I only learned of Gustavo after searching for images of conductors to develop my idea for this week's illustrations.  I was first drawn in by that fantastic curly hair!


  1. Thanks for commenting on my blog! I remarked your post before you commented on mine...good work!!! I now took a closer look at Gustavo Dudamel´s life, he´s a ladie´s man, I imagine! :)

  2. I have definitely just been educated! He's been conducting since age 12?? That's insane! I'm amazed that you can draw so well with such a small scale.

  3. I enjoyed watching the 60 min. program about him. Looks like his hair highlights his performance. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. I like the energy in your artwork, but I think you could have even gone farther with the arms or the expression. Of course, someone who hadn't seen the videos might not understand if you had.


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