The death of BB King gave me all the excuse I needed to draw him again, this time in vectors. As someone who was larger than life, I've nominally drawn him at A1 size, but of course, since the orginal is in vector format, he can be scaled to almost any size. The image below is cropped closeup of his face.
This was originally done as a sketched idea for a more fully developed commissioned painting. I was happy enough with the painting (of which I no longer have a photograph) though I do remember that it didn't quite have the zest and energy of this swiftly and playfully produced sketch. The dribbles and splodges of running paint I felt (and still feel) added to part of the spontenaiety of the sketch and I came to deliberately induce these sorts of happy accidents to happen in future work.
I went through a period when I became fascinated about creating paintings and drawings with a musical theme. Some were rather imaginative, some were portraits, others were largely exercises in throwing a load of paint around and seeing what turned up. I rediscovered this one in my old portfolio which I found neglected in the shed. The original is slightly larger than A1 on heavy watercolour paper. I liked working fast in acrylic and pastel at that time, I seem to recall.
Riley B. King (September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015), aka, BB King died yesterday and left a hole in the world. BB King became one with his Gibson ES-355 guitar (his beloved Lucille) when he played, as was frequently hailed during his lifetime; the man and the instrument fused into a single musical entity. It was this, the inseparable nature of the bond between the man and his guitar, and the intensity of his perfomance that I tried to capture in this 1994 drawing I did of him. I had sometime previously found some black rag handmade paper and hadn't at the time found a use for it. While listening to the radio, BB came on doing what only he could do. That was all the inspiration I needed. Farewll,…