Maya Angelou - Rest in Peace


Yesterday a woman with such a radiant and beautiful spirit became an angel. This is a pencil sketch I did of a young Maya. It is not finished... I plan on adding hand drawn typographic elements around her portrait. Please stay tuned for an update with the finished piece. Maya Angelou will always be remembered for being the Phenomenal Woman that she was, and inspiring so many to be amazing as well. Rest in Paradise Maya.

Updated: May 30, 2014

So here is the latest progress in the Maya Angelou piece. I added typography. It is a list of titles of some of her poems. Now i have to clean it up a bit, make the lines more crisp, and I will update again once it is complete. :)

Self Portrait

There's nothing like a great pair of shades. I had to draw a self portrait with these, they're very 60s style. Who doesn't love a nice cat-eye? Meow!
Here are 4 photos that show the progression, from initial sketch to final with shading.
The reflection on the lenses of the glasses is of Brooklyn, NY from the perspective of Downtown Manhattan.

Savor Life

A little rough sketch of a mechanical hummingbird to start off the week. Hummingbirds represent savoring life, so I like to use them as a pretty little reminder. It is easy to take it for granted, so this is my proactive precaution. 😉
Update: 5/21/14 I inked it in, and shaded it with pencil.