Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Michael Jackson

Love, hate, pity or bewilderment...

Whatever you think of the man, there's no denying the impact he's had on popular culture. There's also no denying the extreme physical transformation that Michael underwent in his lifetime...


This was inked using my new toy, the Pentel Brush Pen (synthetic hairs and refillable cartridges. Great!)

52 Comments:

Blogger Mardo said...

Respect the art, not the artist.

7:13 PM  
Blogger Marcelo Braga said...

WOW. Amazing drawing, man!

11:02 PM  
Blogger Mirhez Imaging said...

Nice piece ! Great work as always.

11:34 PM  
Blogger Jim Hopkins said...

I knew you would put this up on your blog. ;)
This is a great, great thing.
It sums up the whole sad story in one image -the boy who sang beautifully, and what he gave up to be the world's greatest pop star.
An exceptional piece.

12:22 AM  
Blogger robb miller said...

Great work. Awesome art on your blog.

1:55 AM  
Blogger Big Sam said...

He is the king of pop always and forever! THIS IS REDICULOUSLY AWESOME MAN!!!! You freakin rock!this is one of my favorites fa sho!

4:25 AM  
Blogger Damion009 said...

WOW man! amazing job... this is awesome in so many ways... i too had to draw the king in honor of his passing!!! but this is awesome!!!!

nice to have a Chris Wahl MJ!

5:11 AM  
Anonymous theb said...

Just splendid ! And so sad...

6:39 AM  
Blogger Moai said...

A striking and eloquent portrait. Great work.

9:01 AM  
Blogger Will Appledorn said...

just an ingenious idea, and that's not to mention the fantastic pen work. a perfect example of a great concept and great execution

always an inspiration!

11:16 AM  
Blogger P.J. Magalhães said...

ditto what people said about your piece! :D

1:31 PM  
Blogger Christy Latz said...

I really love all of your work but this is just a very striking/fitting tribute to the man they once called "King".

Thank you for sharing this with us.

7:20 PM  
Blogger jayday16 said...

Great Tribute, The King would be proud to have it. Chris I was wondering how did you get the your name in a different style text on blog spot.

8:07 AM  
Blogger Skylark- said...

Great portrait - the young MJ in the glasses is a great touch...

11:11 PM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks everyone!

jayday16- The title text for my blog was hand drawn (with additional text added in Photoshop), uploaded to a file hosting site (photobucket etc) and then embedded into the title position. I still use the classic blogger format so it's a bit involved to explain, but if you use the new blogger template it should just be a case of uploading and dragging it into place.

Hope that helps.

9:34 AM  
Anonymous Jerald Polk said...

thanks Chris I'll try it out and if it works for me. Nice Blog site.

Jerald (jayday16@netzero.com)

12:24 PM  
Blogger Blogrente said...

One of the best tributes I've ever seen. Nuff said.

2:21 AM  
Blogger Jason Copland said...

Cool drawing. Funny, how you've drawn the older MJ, he kinda looks like the Grinch. Which is strangely true.

3:26 PM  
Blogger pxmolina said...

Like I said on the board: Amazing art, amazing idea!

2:56 PM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Cheers guys!

9:06 PM  
Blogger Sina said...

nice job! You know I used the pentel brush too a while ago. it's a cool brush. I can see the roughness of the strokes wich adds feeling to it. I like this better than have the lines and strokes be all tight.

8:36 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

He was so beautiful as a young person. Very well done, Chris!

5:34 AM  
Blogger Jason Seiler said...

This is fantastic, your ink work is SOOOO Good!

9:23 AM  
Blogger Michael Cho said...

Great concept, great execution, Chris.

10:41 AM  
Blogger Sean (53AN) Gardner said...

Would it be too much to call you amazing??... I don't think so. Love your work man, I always look forward to seeing more.

4:37 AM  
Blogger Jochini said...

incredible works!

5:51 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks for all the comments, guys!

11:22 AM  
Blogger Tobias Schwarz said...

gret drawing...with the best brushpen.

5:59 AM  
Blogger Christian said...

Hi Chris,
Do you know what acrylic medium you would apply to a graphite drawing before applying color. Thanks for sharing all your great tutorials.

5:39 AM  
Blogger alex fine illustration said...

You're my new favorite artist. I wish I saw your blog earlier but I'll definitely be coming back.

12:14 PM  
Blogger belmhern said...

This is fantastic!!

1:45 AM  
Blogger geraldo roberto da silva said...

Nice work!
Congratulations!

11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anton Emdin said...

Nice to see you and the brush pen are bonding! Looks nice and organic - probably a lot more so than Michael ended up! Great piece.

12:31 PM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks again everyone!

Christian- I wish I could help, but most of my colour art is digital. Maybe someone else here can answer your question.

Alex- Thanks mate. Don't forget to check out the gallery section for past works.

Anton- Thanks again for getting me on to these pens, Anton. We're bonding like Peter Parker and his alien symbiote costume.

12:09 AM  
Blogger JPA studios said...

Amazing piece dude, love it

11:43 PM  
Blogger jason quinones said...

not the biggest mj fan but this is an amazing amazing design!

7:27 AM  
Blogger Brian Taylor Illustration said...

Love this. Saw it at the MJ Drawger show...

12:31 AM  
Blogger Kid Kalig said...

Man, I am just discovering your work for the first time (via the Drawing Board) and I have to say your stuff is fantastic. Both beatiful and inspiring. Keep up the awesome work.

k.

12:28 PM  
Blogger Diana Evans said...

wow!!! wonderful work....

12:28 PM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks for the comments, guys and gals!

2:00 PM  
Blogger Kyle Poling said...

great piece, love that reflection in the glasses. I'm not a Jackson fan, but you gotta admit how much influence he had in the music world... nice piece!

12:52 PM  
Blogger Neil Davies said...

Genius idea with the glasses, fantastic work :)

1:57 AM  
Blogger Bob Fingerman said...

That's great, as ever.

1:48 PM  
Blogger contango said...

wicked. and i've got one of those pens too! theyr amazing, i've almost finished the 2nd cartridge. then im going to try and re-fill them. :-D

2:35 AM  
Anonymous Mark said...

Hello Chris,
I was amazed to see you in the line-up for the MJ exhibition. I've also been asked to join. I'm a big fan of your stuff. I visit drawingboard.org frequently and enjoy your Jamdrawings alot!

10:12 PM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks everyone!

Contago- Let me know how you go refilling the cartridges.

As Mark mentioned, I'm part of a small Michael Jackson Art Exhibition in Bucharest, Romania on the 28th August, 2009. So if you're in that part of the world, be sure to check it out.

9:50 AM  
Blogger Mattias said...

really scary!

6:44 PM  
Blogger Bosch Fawstin said...

Fantastic

3:45 AM  
Blogger Craig Phillips said...

Damn thats ugly. Great work!

10:05 PM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks guys!

12:09 AM  
Blogger greg oakes said...

FREAKIN CRAZY!!!
EXTREMELY CLEVER!!!
WELL DONE SIR!!!

8:27 PM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks Greg!

5:45 PM  

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