I wasn't planning on entering Jazza's contest this month, but in the spirit of competition I figured "why the hell not!"
I chose Paul Walker for Jazza's "portrait of a man" contest. Walker was a man's man. He had those manly features and ripped physique. However, Walker was not just another handsome face in Hollywood. What I admire about him most was his generosity. There are countless stories about how he helped others, but what makes him different is that he chose to remain anonymous in most cases. I believe that Paul Walker was successful because of hard work and determination. Then, without any thought of reward, he used that success to help others. For that, I believe Paul Walker is the embodiment of what a man is. As for the style that I chose to go with, I lightly sketched out the proportions of his face in pencil on bristol board. I then proceeded to start dabbing little dots with my black Faber-Castell pen. At a certain point I erased the pencil and the portrait became a study of value created by placing the dots further or closer together. This is a technique that I hadn't used since high-school and which took quite a toll on my mental health lol I thought I would never get done! But now that it's finished, I am pleased with how it turned out and I can now raise my can of steel reserve to make a toast to the man and saint that was and is, Paul Walker.
Further Thoughts 11-25-14
I reread my comment and realized that I inadvertently tried to define what a man is with the sentence "For that, I believe Paul Walker is the embodiment of what a man is." I absolutely could not begin to define what I think a man is because it is a lot more complicated. Certainly women are more than capable of doing everything that a man can do and I should not be so quick to throw out gender generalizations. If I could I'd rephrase that sentence and say "For me, Paul Walker represents a man who was a wonderful human being." I aspire to be as every bit as good a man and person as he was.