A style experiment, which I think turned out quite well! I’ve been considering for a long time the issue of trying to create tango illustrations that captures the energy of the dance, and here it seems to work. I have some more ideas for this knocking around, so stay tuned.
Credit for leg reference goes to the lurvely and talented Stephanie Fesneau . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_Qwm7hfW4A
Due to a pronounced lack of decent tango reference photography , I used a screenshot of this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AK1ccWeU3gA I originally meant to use them as reference only, but now that I think of it, I might as well count this as fan art, plain and simple. Carlitos is barely visible, but I think we’re all quite happily focused on Noelia anyway. Although I plan on redoing it at some point, I think it turned out quite well, all in all; despite all the imperfections, it captures that deliciously fluid, twisty quality that makes tango magical. I doubt that this will be my last tango-themed sketch. . .
Osvaldo Fresedo, one of my favorite tango band leaders. Bottom is the initial sketch, top is the traced, inked, slightly tweaked and bitmap’d final product.
I happen to love how his eyebrows contrast with his hair; his features overall are very well defined, which made him a breeze to capture on paper. Since I posted this on facebook, I’ve actually been commissioned by a tango friend in Newfoundland to whip up a couple more for other orchestras, so stay tuned…..
An example of his particular music style is here: