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Keith Emerson, ELP by Cynthia-Blair Keith Emerson, ELP by Cynthia-Blair
Keith Emerson, of Emerson, Lake and Palmer

Classic Prog Rock! My tribute to great keyboard man Keith, brilliant composer and performer. Emerson Lake and Palmer were known for their amazing stage effects, from fire and knives to a cannon and a levitating piano. He was also the first person to use a Moog synthesizer on a rock concert stage.

video of him playing the flying piano: [link] at California Jam (this is hardly an example of his talent, just a cool vid of the spinning levitating piano in action.


I don't think I've ever seen anyone play a piano while it's flipping in the air...come to think of it, I've never seen a piano that could fly, either.

tech details: 18x24" oil on canvas
photo ref here: [link]
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IwillputaSmileonyou Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm straight male, but this drawing made me have the finest boner.
A perfect drawing of the perfect person made by a perfect artist.
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nTH2012 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very nice!
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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CATtheMinion Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012   General Artist
i love elp so hard. pictures at an exhibition is my favorite.
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
me too! I must confess that my faves are the tracks that Greg sings and plays on...like The Sage - it somehow compliments Keith's incredible keyboards and Carl's percussion, brings a human perspective and emotion to the music. Together they rule :D
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CATtheMinion Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012   General Artist
EHRMAGERD! :iconlawooplz: i love the sage
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ElainaUnger Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow so cool! I love how you literally made him a physical part of the music with the chords and the piano keys surrounding him. It definitely correlates to the video you posted (which was also amazing- I've never seen anything so crazy-mad-awesome in my life, lol). As usual, you have an excellent eye for detail, especially the paint strokes for the hairs on his torso and the ornamentation on his jacket. I also think the robotic hand was a great idea!
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :tighthug:
I read his autobiography a couple of years ago...Pictures of an Exhibitionist...Keith is a kind of crazy-mad-daredevil. He injured his right hand badly and needed an operation or two on it (almost ended his career) so the "bionic" hand seemed fitting! He's kind of wired right into the Machine. Chest hairs are always a pain, they take a delicate touch (I water down my paint and use my thinnest brush) but they needed to be there. The jacket was hard (the black parts in the photo blended right into the background black, so I had to guess where the outline was).

The piano video was nuts.
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ElainaUnger Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh geez, that's so crazy (glad it wasn't a career killer- that would've been tragic!) I'd imagine the chest hairs would require such care, and it's always a pain when something dark fades into the background, because then you have to estimate where the element actually cuts off, lol. And agreed! The video was awesome though, it made me very interested in his music =]
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Cynthia-Blair Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
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