Unlike my other paintings, this is technically a portrait, as the term properly applies to human subjects.

I believe it's also technically a plagiarism, as it's painted from a black and white photo by Irving Penn. (For example, Vettriano's popular "The Singing Butler" painting has been called a plagiarism of The Illustrator's Figure Reference Manual.)

In any case, this is just a relatively quick study done for practice in tandem with my regular painting.

There was no particular reason I painted Al Pacino, other than the photo I used as a reference was one of the first search results for "portrait photo single direct light source."

Head Study No. 2 From the Original Photo by Irving Penn. Acrylic on textured masonite, 6"x5".

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