Drawing the Dead

There is always an out pour of sketches, drawings, and paintings when a public figure newly passes away. Besides the legal aspect regarding rights of publicity, do you think this is a cheap social media move or a lovely tribute? This is a question I had to ask myself after the recent passing of Gene Wilder.

I went through with the sketch. I did so because I truly enjoyed Gene Wilder’s work. While I created a stylized illustration I was also taking time to remember the great cinematic moments he’d been a part of and how that had played a part in my childhood memories. I posted not only to showcase my work, but to give the viewer a chance to take part in the same process of recollection.

I’ve heard some artists deciding the opposite. I do feel if you are only using these moments to gain a larger following while a name is trending, then you are drawing the deceased for the wrong reason.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences regarding this subject.

Be seeing you.

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