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Boxing Trainer- Contemporary Tradigital Art by Merrill Kazanjian. <p>  <object width=`560` height=`340` data=`http://www.youtube.com/v/EOXHzJBv5qA&hl=en_US&fs=1&` type=`application/x-shockwave-flash`>  <param name=`allowFullScreen` value=`true` />  <param name=`allowscriptaccess` value=`always` />  <param name=`src` value=`http://www.youtube.com/v/EOXHzJBv5qA&hl=en_US&fs=1&` />  <param name=`allowfullscreen` value=`true` />  </object>  My friend Al Alvir has a very popular Boxing/Mixed Martial Arts blog- http://shootafairone.com/ and I decided to create a character for one of the writers he has on staff (O`Toole). Allen is a big fan of Mike Tyson (heavyweight champion) and his legendary trainer Cus D`Amato who also trained managed Floyd Patterson (olympic and heavyweight champion) and Jose Torres (light heavyweight champion) so I made this character with D`Amato in mind. I used D`Amato reference photos for my initial drawing but also had fictional `Rocky` trainer Mickey Goldmill in mind (portrayed by Burgess Meredith). Using these two icons; one from pop culture one from reality, gave me an interesting image to illustrate. In this video, I documented my process. I started out with a pencil drawing that was based on reference photos of Cus D`Amato and fictional character Mickey Goldmill. Next, I cut out two boxing gloves from a photograph and glued them down. Then, I added a layer of illustration marker to quickly put down some color. I followed the markers with a layer of color pencil and I exadurated the wrinkles. I also use color pencil to prime the artwork for painting. Then I added some paint. The paint mixes very well with the color pencil. Next I scanned the artwork and opened it up in Paint Shop Pro 9. I didnt like the pose of the body so I changed it. (Arent digital possibilities wonderful?) I juxtaposed hands legs and feet. Then I printed it again. The print is like a dried layer of paint. I started layering with color pencil again and I followed it up with oil paint. Mixing traditional mediums with digital technologies is called tradigital art.  <script type=`text/javascript`><!--  google_ad_client = `pub-6730899040960500`;    /* 468x60, created 1/26/10 */    google_ad_slot = `2338749477`;    google_ad_width = 468;    google_ad_height = 60;  // --></script>  <script src=`http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js` type=`text/javascript`></script>  <script type=`text/javascript`><!--  google_ad_client = `pub-6730899040960500`;    /* 336x280, created 2/2/10 */    google_ad_slot = `4181428218`;    google_ad_width = 336;    google_ad_height = 280;  // --></script>  <script src=`http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js` type=`text/javascript`></script>  </p>
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