Portrait of Christopher Reeve as Superman

Portrait of Christopher Reeve as Kal-El, or Superman, in the role that catapulted him from actor to superstar and Hollywood legend. Prior to this role he had been a small-time actor with only one movie credit and a few TV roles. 

Casting him in the role is as close to perfection as you get in Hollywood and catapulted him from SAG-rate actor to superstar and matinee idol. 

A fun bit of trivia that I only recently learned was that the actor who portrayed Darth Vader on screen in the Star Wars Trilogy, David Prowse, actually helped train Christopher for his role in the film. At the start of training, Christopher was a “skinny little kid” according to Prowse, but by the end of the 6-weeks of training he had gained about 40 pounds of muscle and the rest, is history.

Detail of a portrait of Christopher Reeve as Superman

In this detailed image of the illustration, you can see how the various layers of light and dark intaglio establish the tonality for the piece. As you step back the details fade and what you are left with is the play of light and dark across the form to create the portrait. 

This image was created using custom patterns and brushes in Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. 

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