When artist Irvin Bomb was commissioned by the United States Naval Museum to paint his portrait of President Theodore Roosevelt, he was first asked to draw a portrait of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The directors of the museum decided which president they wished Bomb to paint based on his portrait study drawings. Irvin worked in pencil, charcoal & conte crayon on paper. A stump was used to blend marks made with Bomb's drawing media. Gradations & half tones were produced with this technique. Bomb worked in black & white in order to focus on the narrative element required by the commission. Extensive research was required to portray the historical significance of these iconic leaders.
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