"In your life, you get so High, there's nowhere left to go but down. Don't believe, That noone cares, 'Cause we're here waiting for you, baby."
This is for a friend of mine, belicbear. I think every since him and I met and started talking, I always thought to myself either "Dude, this guy would be an awesome dad" or "I want to be like him when I grow up." He's got a good heart, and the Universe often seems to just be after him... and that sucks. Tryin to keep a brotha DOWN! But yes. Belic's one of those people who I think are awesome. I'd have his back if he needed help, cause a big guy with a big heart who gets flooded with a ton of crap, needs a break every now and again with the help of his friends.
More recently, he's done something that really only further inspired me, and amplified my want to do this picture, as it felt so appropriate. Belic has amazing stregnth and determination when it comes to helping others, who's not afraid to be himself or do what he thinks is right no matter how hard it is for him. Ya sounds a little cheesy, but ya know what? I more than respect that about him, I frickn love that about him. I look up to him in that aspect. :)
I've had this idea stuck in my head for months, of Belic about to beat the shit out of a great white shark with dynamite and a pic axe. It's a metaphor, to where the pic-axe represents effort, and the shark represents troubles. The dynamite doesn't represent anything, it's just dynamite to blow shit up.
Pushed this thing out as soon as my schedule freed up, and got it done pretty quick. I experimented with a few things here, like the style for one.
It's a bit on the comic/illustrative side with some exaggerated lines. I was going for a little bit of dynamics and I tried to limit my colors, and I was also trying to work within a perfect-square composition.
This entire style was inspired by an awesome artist, named Jared Moratis (Pop Monkey)... It's very 'skater-ish' with the almost obnoxiously saturated colors and outlines. Love the style.