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I'll Stand on My Own Two Feet

By raptoregg64
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"Say sometimes the world is dark and I just can't see
With these, demons surround all around to bring me down to negativity
But I believe, yes I believe, I said I believe
I'll stand on my own two feet
Won't be brought down on one knee
Fight with all of my might and get these demons to flee"

- Matisyahu, "King Without a Crown"

Just finished drawing the reggae artist Matisyahu, and I'm pretty pleased with the result. (Okay, so he's shaved his beard off and looks completely different now, but I thought it'd be more fun to draw him with beard.)

King Without a Crown is one of the few reggae/rap songs I actually really like.

Done with 5B pencil and white drawing pencil on gray cardboard. I have no idea how long it took. A few hours, probably, but split up over the course of a few weeks.

(Fun fact: When I showed a WIP of this drawing to my brother (the one who introduced me to Matisyahu's music) and asked him if he could recognize who it was, his first guess was "Hipster Jesus.")
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SleepyDuckling's avatar
Really cool piece! I personally find beards really difficult to draw but that doesn't seem to be a problem for you :D
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Thank you very much! :D They can be a little tricky at times, haha. I really love drawing hair in general though, so I guess I just get a lot of practice. But thank you again! I'm glad you like it!
Dawning-Rose's avatar
:D this is super excellent! I have never heard Matisyahu, but the picture is absolutely lovely! ^_^
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Thank you! :D I was rather proud of it.

I really like some of his music - King Without a Crown would have to be my favorite.