Friday, March 28, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #11 (Luigi Riva: Italy)


graphite & putty eraser/30x21cm

Bringing the drawing project up to date, with the randomly-chosen portrait subject being in this case Luigi Riva, who was selected for representation in both the FKS & Panini ‘World Cup ‘74’ albums & the official 22-man Italy squad for the tournament itself (having been a goalscoring mainstay of the team since the late Sixties), where he appeared in the Italians’ opening two fixtures, the 3 – 1 win over Haiti & the 1 – 1 draw with Argentina, before being absent for the decisive 1 – 2 defeat to Poland, which eliminated Italy at the conclusion of the First Round group stage.

Technically, the normal rules apply – the drawing having been processed from the immediate reference source of an enlarged monochrome photocopy of the original picture stamp from the FKS ‘Wonderful World of Soccer Stars World Cup 1974 collectors’ album, with recourse also being made to the stamp itself.

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