Like many on Friday night, I was pretty gutted to hear the news of Chadwick Boseman’s passing. It’s devastating to think of such a kind and amazing man losing the battle against colon cancer. The feelings we have pale in comparison to what his family and loved ones are facing.
I don’t really have the words to express how I’m feeling. A beautiful statement was issued through his Twitter account.
I was never fortunate enough to interview the man or even be in the same room as him. Still, I feel a deep sadness upon hearing the news. It’s different from the other times we hear of the unfortunate passing of a beloved celebrity or role model. He offered so much to the world. 43 is way too young to leave the world. He was a strong and brave soul who will not be forgotten.
After watching Black Panther last night and then Captain America: Civil War this morning, the only think I could think of to honor the man was to attempt to do a drawing. Those familiar with my work know it’s something I struggle with. With this piece in particular, I really wanted to do it justice.
Here’s what I came up with.
It’s a digital drawing on my iPad using Procreate and an Apple Pencil. Here are some process shots.
I’ve been trying to lay down a background first and then draw on top with color added. There’s always a nice feeling of feeling inspired with a drawing and getting pulled into the zone.
Let’s continue to honor Chadwick Boseman. Let’s keep his family and friends in our thoughts. Be sure to express your feelings to your loved ones.
Rest in peace Chadwick. You will forever be our king. Chadwick Forever.