In Memoriam – Phillip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman as Capote

I am deeply saddened by the early death of a great actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman.  I had the honor of drawing a portrait of him in his role as Capote when Vox Advertising in LA was tasked with creating the movie poster and wanted to explore an expressive line art approach.  This was my favorite of 4 compositions that I submitted and which I’d hoped would be the icon for the movie.  As it turned out, an atmospheric photograph was chosen and this image became a staple of my line art portfolio and one of my favorite pieces.  In rendering a portrait in any medium the artist becomes very familiar with the subject’s facial features and a sense of intimacy is felt.  This closeness, even on just my part, carried with me through the countless amazing roles played by Philip Seymour Hoffman.


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