So! Here's another drawing of MJ. This one is drawn for The Michael Jackson Tribute Contest.
I always loved this picture of Michael, so I started to draw him. I added the heart, because it is all about L.O.V.E.! That's the way Michael was and still is. and he will always be loved Then I needed to add the bubbles, I just didn't know why. I gonna search for it on the internet, and I found out that his chimp was called BUBBLES! so that explaned everything. I was pretty amazed by founding out. And the rose, Yeah on his coffin were a whole bunch of red roses! the little insects and the rose are also symbols for nature and earth.
This was the first time I'd ever drawn him smiling...and I must say how contagious it is. His right eye was done entirely by memory because the reference picture I used had hair completely covering one eye. For this portrait, I felt it was important to have both eyes smiling back.
This is the close up of Michael from the whole, finished piece called "Precious Ones".
>> Created with chalk and charcoal on Strathmore series gray charcoal paper. This portrait took around 24 hours.
This is my main entry for Dark Shadows / Johnny Depp / Barnabas Collins / Tim Burton Portrait Project
Original Drawing: Pencil: 4H, 2H, HB, and 2B Paper: 14x17 Strathmore 300 Bristol Vellum Other: kneaded eraser, brush (for hair and background only) Duration: 04/11/2012 to 04/24/2012, 60hr+
Credits: Model: Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins Drawing: Kelvin Chen
My Thoughts: Potrait drawing has been my main passion as an graphite pencil artist. When I first heard of the contest, I couldn't hold in my excitement for entry. However, there are challenges.
Drawing with pencils really takes time and the contest only provides less than 14 days for completion. With my normal daily routine, it's nearly impossible to finish a quality piece on time. Well, never say never.
Coincidentally, I took my entire week off work due to my recent car accident. With my car being repaired in the shop, I had nowhere to go but focused on the drawing. The repair cost me nearly $3200 out of my own pocket and my insurrance company didn't cover the repair.....Long story short, I was so determined to win this contest.
Despite the extra free time, completing the entire piece is still a big push. I chose the biggest paper possible for best possible detail. This is my first and most ambitious attempt to finish a 14x17 portrait in full detail because I don't usually include background in my portraits (see my gallery).
This pose of Johnny was found in the one of the two posters inside the asset pack provided by the contest. For the background, I got inspiration after viewing the official movie trailer. Composition wise, I believe it shows the characteristics of Barnabas Collins. The background was drawn in simple sketchy fashion so it won't be too distracting yet it still tells the story well. Some of you might have found the background interesting. Leave me a comment if you've found the dragon inside the drawing .
Yeah, this is it. I've used all the tme I had and now I have to submit this and hope for the best. If you like this, please favorite it, share it, and most importantly, leave me your comments (good or bad). I appreciate your support!