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Portrait: Al Leong

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As a tribute to an iconic but unsung supporting actor from numerous films and shows of the 1980s, 90s, and 00s (including Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, Big Trouble in Little China, and the A-Team), I created this portrait of Al Leong. Usually cast as a nameless thug or high-ranking henchman in a criminal organization, Mr. Leong nevertheless managed to infuse his characters with memorable personality and style. He is the subject of an upcoming documentary entitled Henchman. Working from reference photos, I built a CG model to design my own lighting setup, then hand-drew the image and applied my hatching post technique.

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