American painter Jean-Michel Basquiat would have been 50 today. Originally a graffiti artist working under the tag SAMO©, Basquiat was also involved in the New York music scene (he can be seen as a DJ in the Blondie video Rapture, dated Madonna and worked with David Bowie). He began exhibiting in 1980 and gained attention rapidly. He collaborated with Andy Warhol from 1982 until 1986, the year before both artists died.
It was fun drawing Basquiat on a larger scale than I’m used to, and in the snow. I know New York Winters are a lot colder than this, but still, it was chilly enough to keep me focused on finishing quickly. It was also the shortest day of the year and the light was fading. Here are some shots of the drawing taking shape.