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Keith Emerson, ELP by Cynthia-Blair Keith Emerson, ELP by Cynthia-Blair
Keith Emerson, of Emerson, Lake and Palmer

Classic Prog Rock! My tribute to great keyboard wizard Keith, brilliant composer and performer. Emerson, Lake and Palmer were known for their amazing stage effects, from fire and knives to a cannon and a levitating piano. He was also the first person to use a Moog synthesizer on a rock concert stage. 

This illustration is featured in Progression Magazine issue #69, with a great tribute article to Keith Emerson:  www.progressionmagazine.com/keith-emerson.html 

note: 4/22/2016 : Keith was daring and brilliant, always taking risks and pushing his limits artistically.   I had promised two years ago that I would re-paint his right hand for him. The original painting needed correcting, and I put it off because a Moog is kind of a pain to paint. Sadly I am reminded that time waits for no one. I'm really going to miss him. 
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bluessaurus Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really beautiful.
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SarahMaiden Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is incredible!  Keith was a huge idol of mine and I was devastated when he died.  I love, love this picture. (I'm listening to Pictures at an Exhibition as I type this)
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danwind Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2016
Great Tribute of him, Emerson, Lake and Palmer should belong to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
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yatz Featured By Owner May 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this. Love ELP, loved Keith. For some reason, of all the great musicians who have died over the last year, his death hit me the hardest... He was a great musician, but he also seemed so alive, so full of fight - it was heartbreaking to hear that he came to a point where he just gave up.
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Cryophosphor Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What made you decide to remove the bionic hand?
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner May 6, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
I know someone who was very close to Keith personally.  When I did the first painting with the bionic hand, he told me Keith loved the painting but didn't like the bionic hand . I guess it reminded him of his past injury and I have read some reports that this contributed to his depression before he died. (the hand injury, not my painting.)   To make matters worse, some Japanese CD makers ripped off my original painting from 2012 and used it for their CD artwork. So Keith must have seen that too at some point. :(
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zacharynathanson Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016
Beautiful artwork. Love your artwork on Keith Emerson
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:iconcynthia-blair:
Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner May 6, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much ! :hug:
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IwillputaSmileonyou Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm straight male, but this drawing made me have the finest boner.
A perfect drawing of the perfect person made by a perfect artist.
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rockindrawings Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Was it because of the talent the music or are you not admitting you got the hots for keith Emerson?
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nTH2012 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very nice!
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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CATtheMinion Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012   General Artist
i love elp so hard. pictures at an exhibition is my favorite.
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
me too! I must confess that my faves are the tracks that Greg sings and plays on...like The Sage - it somehow compliments Keith's incredible keyboards and Carl's percussion, brings a human perspective and emotion to the music. Together they rule :D
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CATtheMinion Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012   General Artist
EHRMAGERD! :iconlawooplz: i love the sage
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ElainaUnger Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow so cool! I love how you literally made him a physical part of the music with the chords and the piano keys surrounding him. It definitely correlates to the video you posted (which was also amazing- I've never seen anything so crazy-mad-awesome in my life, lol). As usual, you have an excellent eye for detail, especially the paint strokes for the hairs on his torso and the ornamentation on his jacket. I also think the robotic hand was a great idea!
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :tighthug:
I read his autobiography a couple of years ago...Pictures of an Exhibitionist...Keith is a kind of crazy-mad-daredevil. He injured his right hand badly and needed an operation or two on it (almost ended his career) so the "bionic" hand seemed fitting! He's kind of wired right into the Machine. Chest hairs are always a pain, they take a delicate touch (I water down my paint and use my thinnest brush) but they needed to be there. The jacket was hard (the black parts in the photo blended right into the background black, so I had to guess where the outline was).

The piano video was nuts.
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ElainaUnger Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh geez, that's so crazy (glad it wasn't a career killer- that would've been tragic!) I'd imagine the chest hairs would require such care, and it's always a pain when something dark fades into the background, because then you have to estimate where the element actually cuts off, lol. And agreed! The video was awesome though, it made me very interested in his music =]
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
He
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Chocolate-Luver Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012   Traditional Artist
Those keys! :omg: So much detail! You bring so much life into regular pictures with your paintings. This is incredible.

Oh, and I've always loved that flying piano video. :XD:
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This was my first time seeing it! (the flying piano) yeah, Keith was such a daredevil!

I don't know why I did the piano keys going in the DNA formation, it was just one of those crazy ideas that hit me...but sheesh! they were a royal pain in the butt to do. I still need to touch them up!
If I had put all his crazy stage props in it would have been overload, so I did as much as I could! I just loved that shot of his sweaty abs, he looked so masterful in the photo I used as ref :D

hey, thanks so much! :tighthug: Glad you like it! :D
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Chocolate-Luver Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012   Traditional Artist
You're very welcome.:tighthug:It looks like it took ages! Did you have a problem with the symmetry?
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
of course! :XD:
because I didn't exactly plan it all out nice nice ahead of time *groans*
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Chocolate-Luver Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012   Traditional Artist
Aww! :XD: It's alright, it looks gorgeous now. :meow:
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DragonPress Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
thats pretty cool :D
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :hug:
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Kyoto-Hetalia Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I love your art work. :meow:
It is so amazing.
Although, his right hand (our left) seems awkward to me compared to the other body proportions.
... and his belt buckle really that big? ._.;;

By the way, I had never heard of group or band.
What famous songs do they have?
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, that huge belt buckle...70's style...I know it looks like a dinner plate! :XD:
He had many operations on his right hand due to injuries, which is why I gave him a robotic hand :D so it would look awkward, for sure.
Emerson, Lake and Palmer was famous for "Lucky Man" [link]
and "Still, You Turn Me On" [link]
and "The Sage": [link]

and tons of other songs...there are actually 3 guys in the band, but my favourite was - you guessed it - the singer/guitarist
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Kyoto-Hetalia Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
ah, I seel

thank you for the information :3
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TomKilbane Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
beautiful job...I had seen them years ago and when the piano started to go up he was about 25 feet from me and we were on a balcony!!!!!!
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
WOW, you saw the flying piano in person??? It must have been quite a scene!

I read they only used it a few times...it's no wonder, that looks almost as bad as a roller coaster. I had read about a spinning piano in his autobiography, but I thought it just levitated and rotated, not flipping over and over!
Keith was quite the daredevil :XD: And ELP really pushed the boundaries. :D

Thanks!! :D
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TomKilbane Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
yes it was one of my best concerts!
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JessiGraden Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Fantastic- you did a beautiful job on this!
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :hug:
ahh, it was fun :D
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zednaked Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
awesome !
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
Glad to see you've been busy...I've been wondering what you've been up to.
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zednaked Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
heyyyyy....
ive been working as art director on a iOS game (that new to me hehe) ... and also trying to paint more frequently ...what about yoouuu ? miss talking to ya :D
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
damn, I've been ridiculously busy lately, and haven't been on as much as I'd like!

What's it like working on a game? Isn't that mostly digital work? As in digital paint?
I'm trying to practice when I can...I love game art, the sense of drama and action and mood.
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zednaked Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
well... its pretty nice to work on the conceptart ... its more about creativity than finishing a tight rendering...
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
so, do you work digitally for that? for speed?
you should post some :)
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zednaked Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
i will, soon hehe... oh yea, i do most of it digitally ... you can try many concepts in a really short amount of time ... :)
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm curious...what program are you using (for digital)? Photoshop? iPad?
it does speed up workflow :)
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Ginryuzaki Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
beautiful work!! :iconilavplz:
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :hug:
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BOYKINS Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hey you've been featured in my journal [link]
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
aww, thanks! I'm honoured! :hug:
you have a wonderful selection of artworks, wow...so many!
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Dominoes4Syd Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks amazing! :D
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much!
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ootamukun Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
O.O amazing how many hours did this take
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :hug:
way too many hours! ...all the little details, all those piano keys and wires and the bionic hand (which I painted over twice..gahhh) You know, no matter how many artworks you do, there's always something to snag you, I've found. well I guess that's how you learn. :D
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