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“Everything you see I owe to Spaghetti”

 - A Portrait of Sophia Loren

 

 “Things don’t change too much, the body changes. The mind does not.” - Sophia Loren

Born: September 20, 1934 

Naples, Italy

 

Here is a portrait I drew of Italian actress and icon Sophia Loren. I remember drawing this many years ago, when I was a college senior at Pratt in Brooklyn NY.  It was drawn after the year I lived abroad in Florence.  After studying the Masters on location in Italy, I worked with the chiaroscuro effect in this piece by using black and white conté on brown prepared paper.

Atmospheric perspective, multiple perspective and Italian text  can be seen in the background and in the architecture while Sophia gazes toward the viewer.
 

Portrait of Sophia Loren 

Deborah Lanino

Charcoal and conte on paper

1986

21" x 28"

These drawings are available for sale if you’re interested just email me. 

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Two Angels

Deborah Lanino

Acrylic on paper

2021

9 x 12 

Two angels after a drawing by Bernardino Lanino

This soft style that I work in is reminiscent of Bernardino. I used techniques such as sfumato (allowing tones and colors to shade gradually into one another, producing softened outlines or hazy forms. 

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Two Blue Angels

Deborah Lanino

Acrylic on paper

2021

9 x 12 

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Deborah Lanino

2021

Madonna II

9” x 12”

Acrylic on paper 

Madonna II after  a drawing by Bernardino Lanino

Here I worked in the purple color and imagery of the Jacaranda tree that blooms from May- June in Los Angeles, California as well as  other places in the world. 

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Deborah Lanino

2021

Madonna with a Yellow Rose

18" x 23"

Acrylic on Canvas 

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Deborah Lanino

2020

Testa Femminile II

20" x 20"

Acrylic on canvas