Why did you pick this picture?
I feel like this picture represents the sort of subjects I love to draw and paint. I love drawing faces, and the first faces I want to try and recreate are those of my idols.
Where did the idea for this art come from?
I’ve been a huge Tupac fan for as long as I can remember, I just wanted to paint something to honour him.
What does this art mean to you?
Usually for me the meaning of my art is in the subject, in this case it’s the late Tupac Shakur. I’ve always been super annoyed that I wasn’t old enough at the time to get to see him perform when he was alive, and for most of my life I’ve always loved him for his work and who he was as a person. I see him as a legend, a king even, and I thought since his untimely passing a halo crown would be fitting.
What can you tell us about yourself?
I’ve drawn and painted since I can remember. I was never taught how to draw or paint, I was always left alone with pencils and paper and was always happy. I’m normally at my happiest when I’m listening to my music and doodling something, it’s such a great release for me, such a great outlet of emotion and energy.
What more can you tell us about your art?
As I’ve got older I’ve really got into digital paintings, I find it really exciting that I could be as free as I want with it, there’s no limit on size or what colours I can use, also there’s less mess! But traditional pencil sketches will always have my heart. I tend to love portraits, for some reason I always get drawn into people’s eyes, that’s usually my favourite part of any drawing or painting I guess that’s why I always seem to paint my favourite idols, or film characters. My favourites to paint are normally Heath Ledgers Joker, Captain Jack Sparrow and also Marilyn Monroe, I always seem to find that you can see subtle emotions and their character in pictures which I always try and challenge myself to recreate. More of my work can be seen on http://thetanyadoll.deviantart.com/
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