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I’ve always considered the characters that inhabited my world as ugly little fuckers. With that said, I’m not really the guy that you would normally approach to draw a portrait. Its just never been my thing. Probably because I’ve always struggled with them. That struggle, might’ve come from a slight lack of confidence. It was for these reasons why I decided to take a portrait drawing class a few years ago. Believe it or not, the class actually helped and I got a WHOLE lot better at drawing them. Still though, I hated doing them and never included them in my work. Funny thing though, my job consists of producing photo shoots. Many of these shoots are portraits of celebrities or women who are doing amazing things. We always have to put a lot of thought into these portraits. We begin by researching the subject. We ask our selves: who is this person, what are they interested in, where are they in their lives, what makes them tick and how have they been photographed before? Learning about someone is pretty cool. More specifically, learning about someone to produce a strong portrait of them is even cooler. So, in true “David Cooper slow motion form” I finally thought , I should start doing the same thing for my own work. Why limit myself? Now that that was settled, who the hell should I draw? I took a quick trip to a news stand to take a look at a few magazines. Nicki Minaj was plastered all over most of them. So, Nicki Minaj it was. I read about her new album set to be released sometime in March, “Roman Reloaded”. Knowing the basic history behind this alter ego of hers, a concept came to mind pretty quickly and I ran with it. When I started sketching my idea’s out, I remembered a great photograph I first saw a few years back that Annie Leibowitz took of the White Stripes, which I eventually used as my reference.

Here’s the final illustration. I employed some cheap photoshop tricks for this one, but I’m pretty satisfied with the final product.

This is my original sketch. As I was inking it, I noticed that the hand holding the knife got lost in Roman’sĀ hair. Instead of freaking out, I just kept moving forward thinking hopefully I’ll be able to fix it in photoshop.

BOOM! Fixed in photoshop. I also changed one of arms on the Nicki strapped to the target.

BY ANNIE LEIBOVITZ

This was my reference shot/inspiration.

Thanks for reading.

BOOM!

end

later

D.

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Here’s a great interview with Adventure Time creator, Pen Ward.

While we’re on the topic of Adventure Time, here’s some fan art I made sometime last year.

Enjoy!

D.

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Here’s a cool interview with Fred Seibert of Frederator Studios. The interview is conducted by Grace Randolph.

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Nicki Minaj drawing in progress.

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Self Portrait

I usually don’t do self portraits or portraits in general for that matter, but I was in the mood to practice this weekend. This was a quick 15 min study. I “might” do a few more. Stay tuned or not if you don’t trust me.

D.

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Masterful..

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“It seemed as if we were sailing through dark waters for days without a single happening in sight. The moon gave fourth the most illuminating light that blossomed into euphoric hypnotizing colors on the surface of the deep ocean. The waves drew us high then low rocking us into a strange trance. We often sailed in silence. Eyes fixed upon the open sea before us. Nothing moving except those hypnotizing colors. The crash of the waves whispering unspeakable secrets. Secrets about the life and death of those poor sailors that came before us.”

A passage from my note book where I’m developing my story, “Big Empty: Come Hell Or Hight Water”.

D.

 

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