Tony Soprano – Day 10 (Blog)

Jun 19, 2013   //   by Kimberly Joyce Illustration   //   Blog, Digital Illustration, Process, Sketchbook  //  2 Comments

For my day 10 project, I decided to paint a portrait in memory of James Gandolfini, who passed away on June 19, 2013.  He was best known for his role as Tony Soprano in The Sopranos and I thought a portrait of him as the iconic Tony Soprano should be my focus.

Finished my new piece, Tony Soprano
you can view the full and final piece by clicking the image below:

I have to be honest, I’ve never actually watched the The Sopranos, except in passing…but my family and friends love the show.

Every time there is a death, I get an urge to do a memorial drawing or painting in honor of that person. (I did one for my Grandfather when he passed in 2003. I did another for both my Grandparents in 2005 and another in memory of my Uncle who passed in 2011).

It’s basically a healing process for me. It helps me remember and appreciate that person. Even though I didn’t know James Gandolfini or I wasn’t truly familiar with Tony Soprano, I felt a connection and I felt emotional while painting and I hope that he’s resting in peace.

This took me approximately 19 hours. I was actually happy with it in the middle of my process and I was going to post it to the sketchbook, but this was something I knew I wanted to complete and I’m so glad I did.

Here’s the Process:

(Click image to view in the process section/larger)

Some Details:


…and so the list continues

Daily Sketches
1. Landscape (X) (X)
2. Mets Sporting Event (X) (X)
3. Gesture Drawing Study (X)
4. Gesture Drawing Figures (X)
5. Gesture Drawing Animals (X)
6. Baby Silhouette (X) (X)
7. Father of the year (Happy Father’s Day) (X) (X) (6/16)
8. Figure Study (Male) (X) (X)
9. Figure Study (Female) (X) (X)
10. Tony Soprano (Actor – James Gandolfini) (X) (X)


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    This is amazing and you are getting better with each thing you do. Your explanation is so touching.

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