Friday, May 02, 2008
Here's the sketch of Bruce Springsteen- my latest commission for Rumours (55th & 8th Ave.) along with the photo reference. I showed it to one of the owners yesterday and he had no reaction. I'm still waiting to show it to the other and get a deposit, but if he doesn't like it....I don't know. I got a great reaction from one of the bartenders there and a few other people I've shown it to. The only thing the other guys might object to, is that they wanted more of the "Born in the USA" Springsteen look and have the American Flag somewhere on it. My problem with that is that it feels like too much of a cliche' and just way too obvious. It also makes Springsteen seem like a flag- waving Nationalist, which he isn't. He's protested the American government in his songs. His lyrics to Born in the USA are obviously ironic in tone, and have been misinterpretted by such idiots as Ronald Reagan. Sorry, I should say "former idiot".
Anyway, I'd rather show the American colors subtley in different tones in his face to show that he's an American rather than the flag. We'll see what Mike (one of the owners) has to say....