“Young and Hungry: What Does the Future Hold?”

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Size: 12″ x 18″

Paper: high-quality 130# Sterling

 

 

 

 

YOUNG & HUNGRY

The making of…

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Final drawing: “Young and Hungry: What Does the Future Hold?” 

15″ x 22″. Pencil on paper.

 

“Young and Hungry: What Does the Future Hold?”

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Digitally-signed, HAND-signed

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“The most important thing is you must put everybody on notice that you’re here and you are for real. I’m not a player that is going to come and go. I’m a player that is going to make an all-star team one time, two times. I’m here to be an all-time great… Once I made that commitment and said ‘I want to be one of the greatest ever,’ then the game became everything for me.” – Kobe Bryant

 

For the record, y’all are on notice.
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“The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great at whatever they want to do.” – Kobe Bryant

Just about got the background blacked out! Next up: the court! Gonna be fun capturing the light reflections off the hardwood!
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“People just don’t understand how obsessed I am with winning.” – Kobe Bryant

Filling in a completely black background is a rather mind-numbing task. Not to mention each stroke is done with a needle tip. But this is also the time when I get to reflect since I don’t have to be ultra-focused on capturing tiny details. I’ll often put on an audio book or podcast and actually listen to something constructive since I’m able to distribute my attention during this monotonous tasks of blacking out the paper. Here we goooo… ✏️💉🏀

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“If you’re afraid to fail, then you’re probably going to fail.” – Kobe Bryant

BALLIN’!!! Got the first layer of shading added to the basketball. Will go back in and add the individual dimples later.

 

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“Once I discovered (letting my emotions erupt on the basketball court), everything about the game changed. Because now I understood that I could really lose myself through the game. And no matter what affected me, no what happened in life, I could always step on the basketball court and let my game speak to that, step on the court and just absolutely erupt… The feeling of playing with that rage was new to me but I fucking loved it.” – Kobe Bryant


One method I use for skin texture is to first apply a light layer of graphite, blend it out so it’s smooth, and then use and eraser to remove small amounts of graphite. In this video it looks like the eraser is leaving behind lots of white dots, but next I’ll softly blend out those white dots and then repeat the process. After a few passes, a finely-detailed skin texture begins to emerge.

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“When you make a choice and ‘come hell or high-water, I am going to be this,’ then you should not be surprised when you art that. It should not be something that feels intoxicating or out of character because you have seen this moment for so long that… when that moment comes, of course it is here because it has been here the whole time because it has been [in your mind] the whole time.” – Kobe Bryant

Jumping around this piece a bit. Added the first layer of shading to his hand and elbow, and then moved over to tightening up the details in his neck area. This piece has such dark shadows so it’s easy to disregard the details in this area since they’re so faint but, when you see this piece in person, you’ll be able to peer into the shadows and see the next-level, minute details.

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“These young guys are playing checkers. I’m out there playing chess.” – Kobe Bryant

Added the first layer of shading to the lower part of his jersey. The fabric softly shines as the jersey drifts back into the shadows. More layers of shading to come…

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“I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have fear of failure. I have nights when I show up at the arena and I’m like, ‘My back hurts, my feet hurt, my knees hurt. I don’t have it. I just want to chill.’ We all have self-doubt. You don’t deny it, but you also don’t capitulate to it. You embrace it.” – Kobe Bryant

Drawing within shadows can be difficult. Kobe’s shorts slowly fade to complete darkness, but accurately capturing the bright white lining of his shorts amongst shadows is the kind of small detail that will help bring this piece to life.

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“I can’t relate to lazy people. We don’t speak the same language. I don’t understand you. I don’t want to understand you.” – Kobe Bryant

Got a pretty good start on the details within Kobe’s face so now I’m shifting over to the right side of the piece. Getting a few additional layers down on his legs and shorts. Overall, this piece is pretty dark, the the texture of his skin and jersey really shine against the shadows. More to come…

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“I’m not a role model… Just because I dunk a basketball doesn’t mean I should raise your kids.” – Charles Barkley

I usually work right to left (I’m a lefty), but I couldn’t wait to get started on Kobe’s face. Got his facial features sketched in and now framing his hair.

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Just getting started on a new piece!!! This one features one my of my all-time favorite players: Kobe Bryant.

When I was younger, I play A LOT of basketball. In my driveway, I’d pretend that I was Gary Payton, and I had the last shot to win the game.

The clock winds down… 3… 2… 1… the shot goes up… it’s GOOD!!! Sonics win!!! Like many kids, I looked up to athletes. What they did, we did. What they wore, we wore. And so on.

So, are athletes role models? Do they have a choice?

I think back to when Kobe entered the league. He was drafted at 17 years old so his parents had to co-sign his contract with the Lakers until he was able to sign his own when he turned 18 (before the season began). My latest piece will depict a young Kobe wearing his newly-minted Lakers uniform, and sitting in solitude while pondering his future: the hopes, the dreams, and the quest to become one of the greatest to ever play the game.

But before all of that, he was just a kid who wanted to play ball. Kobe, fresh out of high school, was thrusted into the biggest spotlight – not only by playing in the NBA, but also in the big city of Los Angeles – and he now must carry all of the lofty expectations that come with being so highly touted.

Now, he’s young, rich, athletic, charismatic and insanely talented, and kids yearn to be like Kobe.

So, is 17-year-old Kobe a role model? Does he have a choice?

People from all over the world looks upon Kobe in anticipation of what he *might* become.

And so it begins…

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