The funeral for actor James Gandolfini was held today in New York City. Gandolfini died last week of a heart attack in Italy at the age of 51. Gandolfini brought the character of mobster Tony Soprano to life in HBO’s “The Sopranos.” He breathed into the character complexity, vulnerability and a violent power seething under the surface. So sad to lose such a great actor in the prime of his life.
As friends and family of the actor gathered to celebrate Gandolfini’s life I thought I would share this illustration I did of Tony Soprano for the Contra Costa Times when “The Soprano’s” ruled.
The A&E cover for the Contra Costa Times featured boxing poster take on “THE BATTLE FOR THE EMMYS” with James Gandolfini and Martin Sheen portrayed as boxers as “The Sopranos” and “The West Wing” fought for Emmy Awards supremacy. I created the characters of Tony Soprano and President Bartlet in pencil and watercolor adding in boxing gloves, shorts and some details that matched each character. Fellow artist Dave Johnson did the design, background photographer and combine them in photoshop…art direction by MaryAnne Talbott.
RIP James Gandolfini.
June 27, 2013 | Categories: Chuck's illustrations, Comic Art, Science Fiction / Fantasy, Social Media, Uncategorized, Visual Journalism | Tags: acting, actor, art, artwork, Chuck Todd, Contra Costa Times, crime, Dave Johnson, David Chase, design, drawing, Emmys, facebook, graphics, HBO, illustration, Italy, James Gandolfini, Martin Shen, mob, New Jersey, New York, newspapers, painting, pencil, photoshop, sequential art, storytelling, television, Tony Soprano, visual journalism, watercolor, West Wing, www.chucktodd.net | Leave a comment