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Jack Johnson was a boxer in the early 1900s who became the first African American heavyweight boxing champion.

The process for the Jack Johnson was the tail of two images. Depending on the photos I chose, Johnson’s facial features varied. After I developed a base painting of his face, I decided to reference pictures with the likeness that is more commonly seen in his photographs.

This painting is on a 2’x3 ′particle board. I started with an image of him looking into the camera with his arms folded but changed to a photograph showing his teeth. I left the entire painting black and white except for his teeth, which are painted gold. Johnson was known for having gold teeth. I believe switching images was the best decision and resulted in a more distinguishable painting of the boxer.

jack johnson

Materials used:

Base paint layer materials used for developing facial features and shadows

Paint Brushes Set, 20 Pcs Paint Brushes for Acrylic

Liquitex Professional Heavy Body Acrylic Paint, Titanium White

Liquitex BASICS Gesso Surface Prep Medium, White

Liquitex Professional Heavy Body Acrylic Paint, Mars Black

Top paint layer materials used to create depth, highlights, and detail.

Grumbacher Academy Acrylic Paint, Titanium White

Grumbacher Academy Acrylic Paint, Mars Black

20 Well Watercolor Paint Palette

Fredrick Douglass

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