Ahhhh Jennifer Lopez. So beautiful. Such a good dancer.
Alas, I do not watch American Idol and I have been avoiding her recent films (or at least I should have been).
That’s now, but back in the day -namely about 12 years ago when I drew this picture -I was a huge fan of hers. Obviously I must have been to have drawn this huge picture of her!
Blast from the past…
I was looking through the depths of my portfolio, actually in search of an old circle template I used to have somewhere. Instead, I found this old drawing I did.
It must have been around 1997 or 1998. That’s the time when she first really blew up and there was a huge latin explosion in pop culture.
Honestly I’m not sure what happened to my J-Lo fandom. I don’t dislike her or anything but I think I just wasn’t interested after awhile.
Boy, I’m getting old. For the life of me I cannot remember what prompted me to draw this picture. Of course I thought she was hot but there must have been one thing that made me clear off my drawing table and get busy on this.
Back then it took a lot for me to break out my drawing stuff and attempt a portrait like this. Oh yeah, this image is 22″ x 28″. That’s a lot larger than I usually work. Normally the biggest I’ll go while drawing is 11″ x 17″ for comics.
Add to that the fact that I went to ink on this one. I’ll admit that ink is tough for me. It’s kind of unforgiving and I don’t have a steady enough hand to do it to my satisfaction.
Besides, I’ve mentioned before that I prefer the nuance of pencil to the stark contrasts of ink. But for whatever reason I decided to take it all the way this time.
I’m sure I used my rapidograph pens to start with, but from examining the strokes on the large black areas on the piece that couldn’t have been done with rapidographs, even with the largest sizes -I just ain’t that patient.
I must have used a large marker or something. I doubt it was a Sharpie -I only started using them for comic stuff recently, but more likely some specialty marker I bought from the art store down in Milwaukee.
Watercolor or bust!
Looking closer at the paper, I don’t actually think it’s drawing paper. I think this is some kind of cold-pressed watercolor paper. No doubt student grade since that’s all I could afford back then.
So either I was going to attempt to watercolor this thing at some point (I would surely have ruined it if I would have tried) or I just ran out of drawing paper and had to use the watercolor stuff.
Either way, at some point I decided against watercolor and put down ink. Normally my watercolor procedure was to draw in the image lightly with a 6H pencil and then paint over it, hopefully with no traces of pencil remaining.
The mystery deepens!
As more and more clues come to light, I begin to suspect that I was merely out of paper and that’s why I used the watercolor stock.
Actually it’s probably safe to say that’s the reason, since when I turn over the paper I see this unfinished ghost drawing on the back.
Who the heck is that??
Was it the start of a portrait? Doesn’t look like anyone I know or would have known back then.
If it was something I made up, what was it for? What was my vision of the piece? Was it a sci-fi or fantasy? The answer is lost to the ages…that’s a nice way of saying I’m a senile old bastard and I’m not even 40 yet.
Here’s how it went down
So I’m guessing I see Jennifer on tv doing her thing. Mesmerized, tongue hanging from mouth I reach over to grab a sheet of drawing paper…she must be captured by my pencil!!
Except I’m all out of paper. CURSES!!! Curse the gods.
In a fury, I sweep through all of my unfinished drawings. Oh, the paper I wasted!
Finally, I find one that can be repurposed. The phantom face will be erased later, but for now I flip the sheet over, grab my pencil and unleash the beast of creativity.
And the rest is history. Literally.
Get outta my face!!!
Oh yeah, I tried erasing the face just now, and it will not erase worth a damn. It’s stuck there, so whoever buys this thing must buy it with the full knowledge that there’s a face on the other side of this thing that could be made up or might be a representation of someone’s actual face. Bonus!
Speaking of faces, I must have used something for reference for J-Lo’s face but I have no idea what it is. I’m not good enough to just draw someone’s face like that from memory. I’m sure whatever it is it did not come out exact, anyway.
Also, reading up on these celebrity likenesses, I believe I can sell the actual drawing I did here, but I cannot sell prints of this piece legally.
That’s the reason I decided to put this thing up on Etsy. If someone wants the original drawings(s) then they can scoop it from there.
Wrapping it up
I know the images of this piece are pretty bad, but I never did get a good shot of this one. That’s another reason why I rarely work larger than 11″ x 17″, because I can’t easily scan in work that big and it becomes a pain in the ass to get a good representation of the piece.
Anyway, I’m gonna list this one at $100.00 over at Etsy. If you want it or if you know anyone who might want it please send the link to them. Otherwise this thing will sit here on my drawing table staring at me. It’s staring at me now…