Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Tyrone Power

I was watching the 1946 film version of The Razor's Edge (my favorite book), and I got inspired to work on this simple portrait of its star, Tyrone Power.

Power was ridiculously good looking, and Hollywood quickly plugged him into every leading man part they could (he famous played Zorro in 1940's The Mark of Zorro, among other films). But Power was desperate to act, to play some meatier parts that required more from him than his good looks.

To that end, he fought to play the spiritual-seeking Larry Darrell in Edge, as well as a conman/loser in the creepy 1947 film Nightmare Alley, which features Power as nothing less than a circus geek, biting the heads off chickens by the end of the film (really).

I've been doing a lot of text-centric stuff lately, so I wanted to do a simple black and white portrait. But of course, in the end, I couldn't quite help myself and hit the little "T" button in Photoshop...


Sean Tiffany said...

Every piece you do looks amazing. And why is it again you're not busy as hell all the time with client work????

rob! said...

Sean--I ask myself that every hour of every day.

Diabolu Frank said...