Faces in the Crowds

Crowds Cap39

Captain America #39 & Kingdom Come

I have painted a few crowds in my work as a muralist. They take forever. And how are you going to represent all those people, what level of detail? Here are 2 solutions. I think Torre and D’Armata are using an altered photo. I’m not sure about that. Some of the faces on the right are more abstracted than on the left. I like it, it looks painted, something like the 1940’s social realist George Bellows.

Ross really abstracts the crowd in the insert from Kingdom Come. (I pasted it over the man behind the podium who is addressing the group. You can see the edges of the podium on either side. ) He just uses brush stokes to suggest the figures as they fade into the distance. Beautiful brushwork.


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