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"Think" (Malcolm X)


United States

Drawing
Size: 24 H x 18 W x 0.1 in

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Art Description

Drawing: pastel, paper and Color on Paper.

Inspiration behind the artwork was the fact that Malcolm X taught himself how to read by copying the entire dictionary while in prison. Malcolm X will kick off a series of portraits titled “Freedom Fighters, Rebels and Heroes”, A collection of portraits meant to honor those who took a stand.
“In my slow, painstaking, ragged handwriting, I copied into my tablet everything printed on that first page, down to the punctuation marks. I believe it took me a day. Then, aloud, I read back, to myself, everything I had written on that tablet. Over and over, aloud, to myself, I read my own handwriting.”*
*(excerpt from “Learning to Read” by Malcolm X)
I hope this pastel drawing will inspire those trying to achieve a goal despite the odds. I LOVE an inspirational story of success and regeneration.
The blending of pastels and the tan toned paper took some time in creating, but I wanted the classic color palette, and his penetrating gaze to awaken the viewer to stay on task with their own goals.

Keywords: Politics, Portrait, Figurative, Malcolm X, Historical, Leader, Original

Subjects: Portrait

Styles: Figurative, Fine Art, Portraiture, Illustration, Realism

Mediums: pastel, paper, Color

Materials: Paper

Prints: Portrait Art Prints, Figurative Art Prints, Fine Art Art Prints, Portraiture Art Prints, Illustration Art Prints, Realism Art Prints, pastel Art Prints, paper Art Prints, Color Art Prints, Paper Art Prints