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40th Birthday gift art - Front row at Bent Knee

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About a year and a half ago, a friend of ours contacted me to ask a favor - a piece of birthday art for her husband's 40th birthday, TWO YEARS HENCE.  We came up with a concept, of them front-row at a Bent Knee (awesome indy alt-prog band!  check them out!) concert, surrounded by family, friends, and some of his favorite musicians.   

Having that much lead time can make a person LAZY, so I put it aside while doing cover recreation commissions... plus, I had like, two years!    Anyhow, another thing holding me back was my initial sketches and reference collection... it was not satisfactory to me.  So a few weeks ago, I re-worked the layout and came up with one I was happy with, enough to commit.  Since then, it's been a lot of inking, erasing, and inking again!  

I showed our friend tonight, she's super stoked about it, and named all the people in the image, which means my likenesses were at least _close_.  :)   I also finished it with a couple of months to spare, and no more guilty feelings about putting it off!

Ink on 14x18" bristol.
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RodgerHodger's avatar

Novel idea and good gift.

goemonsama's avatar

What an incredible gift! No doubt in my mind they'll love it. I can't get over how every member of the crowd is drawn in great detail, but everything still reads perfectly. Excellent work!

dalgoda7's avatar

Thank you! I'm glad it reads that way.

NRGComics's avatar

That was really nice of you! You are an awesome friend! :thumbsup:

dalgoda7's avatar

These two are really good pals.