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Nov 26, 2014 | 1:37 AM EST
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Marshall Mathers

Not anybody's go-to choice when picking out a "man's man", and, for the vast majority, far from a candidate for role model. I will not talk about the content of his music, mostly because that is a discussion that has been justified, debated, and run into the ground for over 15 years (I will let the ignorant do the research should they want to), but also because I'm not here to advertise his work, I'm delving behind the scenes, into what matters, and why he is a symbol for the title I used.

The epitome of an underdog story, Eminem's life seems like a movie (with no Mekhi Phifer). Pushing himself through a life in typical lower class conditions (a trailer trash childhood of bullying, failed classes, and care under a single alleged drug addict, followed by parenthood filled with job terminations, food stamps, and robberies) to struggle in pursuit of a career with odds stacked heavily against him because of his race, Marshall used the doubt and hate as motivation, found strength in his setbacks and strove with dedication and diligence to prove his point and ensure he could not be denied respect (the dude read dictionaries every night to widen his vocabulary, for crying out loud). Then, at, arguably, the height of his career, his battle with lawsuits, fame, and public pressure was topped by the death of his best friend, leading to a slump and a heightened drug addiction that nearly killed him. After a long recovery, a sober Marshall, once again, began working hard, having to almost completely relearn how to rap.

Having to deal with a lifetime of obstacles and difficulties, Marshall continued to PERSEVERE, and from a man with virtually nothing, he is now the most commercially successful rapper of all time. You can disrespect his lyrics, but respect for his efforts cannot be denied. You can disfavour him as an artist, but it is hard to discredit him as a man.

The artwork is entirely 2B etching on A3 Layout Pad (plus some minor clean up and colour correction post-scanning). I usually don't have time to do these challenges because of my college work, but I decided to use this a chance to do both. Also a good excuse to study some split/rembrandt lighting.



Rated 5 / 5 stars

Though I don't agree with all this guy's choices, who can really, as you say his life has definitely been his own to deal and master. I truly enjoy this picture for the lights and dark captured with the cross hatching. It's a talent I have yet to master and so masterfully done I had to review it. You catch his struggle and dedication in his face it reminded me why I, a 35yr old man cried like a baby after I heard "headlights"
Great Job and Thanxs!

MoriartyBonaparte responds:

whoa, thanks for the review. 'masterfully done' might be a tad of an overstatement haha i still have a lot of catching up to do, but i think improvement is something all artists of all media at all stages strive for. your artwork was amazing though.
ps. i shed a tear at headlights too