Happy Veterans Day!

To all my fellow veterans, I’d like to thank you for your service to our country. Have a Happy Veterans Day!

Here are a few portraits of veterans I’ve made over the years:

Pancho Villa

Vector portrait of Pancho Villa by Antonio Romero

Time-lapse video of the creative process for this portrait.

Paul Jerome

Paul Jerome, Portrait by Antonio Romero

Paul Jerome (September 30, 1889 – November 14, 1960)
Paul Jerome was born on September 30, 1889, in St. Joseph, Missouri, USA as Paul Jerome James. At an early age Paul’s family moved to Mississippi. Many years later, Paul served in the United States Navy during World War I. Afterward, Paul began his show business career as a burlesque comedian. He soon moved to the circus ring over the theatre stage. Paul Jerome as a comedy whiteface – color photo taken outside.
Paul Jerome as a comedy whiteface
Initially, he began working as a white face clown. Oddly, his white face makeup was similar to Felix Adler‘s. It’s not uncommon, even today, for photos of these two whiteface clowns to be misidentified as each other. Paul Jerome applying makeup.
Paul is best remembered as a tramp clown. He became known as the “Neon Clown”. This is due to the light at the tip of his nose. As well as the large glowing heart that he activated at the sight of a pretty girl. This was long before modern LEDs and efficient batteries … The apparatus used was heavy and cumbersome and had to be rewired before each performance. His dog also wore a glowing light at the tip of his tail. Hey kids! Bosco the Clown says, drink your milk with delicious, chocolaty Bosco – Paul Jerome, Ringling Bros. clown.
He spent over twenty-five years with the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey circus. Due to that, he appears in The Greatest Show on Earth in 1952. A very popular clown, he appears on numerous posters, photos, figurines, and advertisements. He died on November 14, 1960, in Sarasota, Florida, USA. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Virginia.

Source: https://famousclowns.org/circus-clowns/paul-jerome-tramp-circus-clown/

Don Vito Corleone

This portrait of Marlon Brando as “Don Vito Corleone” (also known as “The Godfather”), was drawn on an iPad Pro with the Pencil Brush in Adobe Fresco.

Don Vito Corleone by Antonio Romero
Stages of Drawing Process

The Land Yields Its Harvest

The Land Yields Its Harvest – by Antonio Romero

This piece was prompted by a challenge by River Ridge Association of Fine Arts (RRAFA).

The challenge consisted of making an drawing or painting that showed several items lined up in a row.

For inspiration, I based this vector drawing on a recent trip my wife and I made to New Hampshire to visit our daughter and her growing family. During the visit, we went for an outing to a local pumpkin patch where we saw quite an assortment of pumpkins.

The land yields its harvest; God, our God, blesses us.

Psalms 67:6
Time-lapse video of vector drawing process

Frankenstein’s Monster

This my latest effort in painting Boris Karloff as Frankenstein’s Monster from the 1931 film. s one is different from the rest in that I used the Procreate app to paint the portrait (all the previous ones were painted with Adobe apps).

Boris Karloff as “Frankenstein’s Monster”

Hispanic Heritage Gallery

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month (15 Sept. – 15 Oct. ) I’ve added a photo gallery of my artwork pieces that reflect Hispanic Heritage.