Friday, October 07, 2011
Jessie Has a great look. The first thing that you notice are the eyes. Penetrating and dark, like a bird of prey. Firey,intense, and intelligent. He also has this edgy scruffy look that reminds me of the punk rockers http://subwaysurfer.blogspot.com/2011/10/caricature-of-singing-success-vocal.html ago that populated the village in NYC. These were the tough unpredictable, cool white guys that the brothas respected, cause you never know what they would do.....Jessies vocals are the same way. Unpredictable, strong, and ferocious.
I didn't set out to actually draw Jessie at first! I was listening to one of his sessions on The Singing Success site, and was randomly sketching his face with a dry black Tombo brush marker. I liked the scruffy result.
I would love to do a CD cover in this style as a way of thanking him....who knows? In the online works anything can happen!
My wife and I were traveling together on a Manhattan bound bound A Express train outta Queens that day in joyful anticipation. My wife loves driving more than subway riding, so I advised her to bring a magazine along as I would be "working" for a portion of our journey. I took out my sketchbook and randomly started sketching some passengers, which sparked the interest of a young man in the next seat. He was a fan of cartooning, and in no time I began drawing his mug, much to his delight. I found out he was visiting NYC from school, where he was a member of a fraternity, Alpa Phi Aloha. Alpha has the distinction of being The first Back College fraternity. His frat name was Evolution, which undoubtedly eluded to his er..Simeon like appearance...line names are nit picked, but GIVEN to a pledgee by his big brothers, and have a tendency to stick. I couldn't help but feel a slight swing if jealousy as I too, wanted to pledge Alpha in my college days, but that's another story.
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