Thursday, July 14, 2011

R.I.P. Big Man

I grew up listening to Bruce Springsteen s and the E Street Band since I could first hear noises and continue to do so today. When I heard about Clarence Clemon's death I legit almost cried. His music has been with me for so long it was like having a relative pass away. That week I played nothing but Bruce on my ipod and would just get so somber when I heard the Big Man's epic sax riffs. I was able to see him perform on stage about a year and a half ago and I am so glad I had that chance. Most defiantly a legend amongst men. R.I.P.

With my cheesy comments being said, time to talk about the painting (normally I hate ranting but here I go). The day I heard Clarence Clemons passed away, I stopped all the projects I was currently working on and began this one. It began with a really fun sketch and I tried to make this sort of a spontaneous project that I would finish in a few days so it could be up to date with the news. As I began painting, I realized there was so much about digital painting I needed to explore. Each time I began to paint, I discovered something new about the program, began nit picking at it, or just completely restart areas I didn't like. I then realized how easy it is to overwork a digital painting. I can't say I am completely happy with this painting nor can I say I am upset with how it turned out, but I think after a month it was time to move on. I don't think I fully captured Bruce's likeness (shame on me) and like I said before, it just feels extremely over worked. However, I view this painting as sort of a lesson, being it's really only the second painting I had ever done in photoshop. I'm hoping I when I begin painting the projects I started before this one (still in the sketch stage) I will have a clearer view of how they are to be executed. Also, I added the text in there last minute. It's supposed to allude to the album cover for "Born to Run."

Sorry about the ranting.


  1. I'm liking the tones you're getting, and this too resembles your acrylic work. A few things to keep an eye out for are Bruce's eyes, they feel a little too artificial like plastic and his hair feels a little air brush-y, but other than that its looking good and I like the stylization that's something I'm not really used to seeing in your work.

  2. Thanks dude. I agree with you on the eyes and hair, those are two things I really need to work on in future projects. And oftentimes I feel like my drawings rely very heavily on my reference and I forget to draw things the way I want to, so I decided to take a more stylized approach on this piece.

  3. you should do it more often if that's what you like to do, you gotta find a way I guess for the style to dictate the work rather than the reference.