Description This portrait of hip hop legend Tupak Shakur started as a drawing on a napkin and ended up a full digital painting. It captures the brooding and intensity that he showed in his music and career. There is also a touch of chaos with the splattered paint that surrounded him. The arms were left off of him to show the incompleteness of his life due to his early death.
Michael T. Bane, Oklahoma City, OK Member Since July 2008 Artist Statement The work shown here was done over a series of years starting in 2004 to the present. It shows my passion in two areas, portraits and pinup art. I have been a fan of both mediums since I was old enough to read magazines and my artwork is a tribute to the artists like Alberto Vargas and Patrick Nagal, both who opened my eyes to ways humans can be illustrated. In addition, the influence of commercial illustrators Ralph Steadman and Bill Sienkiewicz can also be seen.
The paintings capture a moment in each subjects life, whether it is a dancer planning her next move or a musician capturing the perfect tone. They also tell the story the way I want them to be seen, free of superfluous items and directly to the point. All have an attitude to them that brings the viewer closer wanting to know more.
The medium I work in is digital. I start with a pencil drawing and finish it in Photoshop. I leave mistakes and pencil marks to add a hands on look. I also employ loose line work that I have carried over from my years as a pen and ink illustrator, add bright colors to keep each painting lively and bring in various textures to bring depth to the paintings. Some portraits are of real people, a couple are not. All are my favorites for various reasons, they way they turned out, what I was going through at the time I was working on them and new techniques I learned during the process.