Tony Millionaire's Portraits of Musicians

Cartoonist discusses his drawings of Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, David Byrne and more
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© 2011 Tony Millionaire

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Louis Armstrong

"Louis Armstrong is always funny to draw because he's always making such big goofy faces. People with exaggerated expressions like that are always kind of easy to draw.  That’s why it’s easier to draw men than it is to draw women. Because women, you’ve gotta draw them pretty, so you’ve gotta knock it off with the goofy faces, the exaggerated chins and noses and stuff, because that just makes them look ugly. But with a guy like Louis Armstrong, he has those big hard boiled egg eyeballs. You know, you just put that big smile on and draw the teeth and you have a good time."

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