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[VIDEO] Expressions in Black and White

Artist Bill Leavell of Bill Leavell Studios in Stone Mountain Village captures emotions through his circle shade technique.

Bill Leavell can capture vivid emotions in black and white.

Leavell, who's located in the Center Town Gallery in Stone Mountain Village (951-A Main Street), recently completed a portrait of City of Stone Mountain mayor Pat Wheeler. He's also drawn producer Jack Sartain and celebrities such as Whitney Houston and Angelina Jolie.

Leavell's technique is called "circle shade." As intricate and time-consuming as it looks, he said he can often finish a piece in a day or less.

He's inspired by people's emotions, especially in the eyes (see video) - that's clear from his provocative work.

Susan Coletti May 04, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Amazing artist !
Theresa Recchia April 05, 2013 at 02:11 AM
Love his work. A must see if you're ever in the area. I was working in the area for 3 months when I stumbled upon his studio in Stone Mountain Village. I saw a piece I fell in love with but traveling for work I didn't want to purchase it. I couldn't get the piece off my mind and went back and purchased it and so glad I did!
Leslie Johnson April 05, 2013 at 04:11 AM
That's awesome Theresa!

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