Did a quick sketch of the mugshots of Larry Phillips, Jr. and Emil Mătăsăreanu who were the two gunmen in the North Hollywood shootout. The incident came up in conversation and I ended up watching a Discovery Channel documentary on it and it never ceases to amaze me how absolutely insane that was.
There were a lot of very peculiar aspects of that robbery that made it completely unique to any crime that had happened in the US at the time. Larry and Emil both had head-to-toe body armor that they had sewed and reenforced themselves and both had AK-47’s with modified drum clips that held over 100 rounds of specialty-ordered steel-plated armor piercing rounds. They also could’ve gotten away since they had completely outgunned the entire police force in the immediate area BUT they decided to stay and fight. There were over 3000 rounds fired…over 1100 of which came from the two robbers themselves. That’s only a factual fraction of the entire incident.
I haven’t used watercolors in a while and I felt like doodling around. It’s kind of a good challenge to see if you can really get a sense of the look that’s being given off in a mugshot.