Earlier this year I was commissioned by the good folks of R.A.B, a small book publishing company based in the U.K to collaborate on their Hip Hop Art Collective. The task was a simple one, come up with a kick ass illustration based on a quote or lyric from a musician, the illustration would have to visually portray the quote as well as hold up well on its own.I worked with the talented Ramsey Mullaney as my Art Director, and together we discussed a good subject matter for my contribution. After a little brainstorming we settled on working on (one of my all time favorite musicians) Chance The Rapper's - Pusha Man/Paranoia. Working with Ramsey was one of the better experiences I've had with Art Directors, particularly because he trusted me from the beginning and gave me a ton of creative freedom while still checking in and steering me in the right direction.
I chose one of the more somber lyrics from Pusha Man/Paranoia off of Chance's "Acid Rap" mixtape.
After coming up with countless concepts based off the line "I heard everyone dies in the summer" I took a step back and decided to simplify my approach. I decided I wanted to do a portrait style illustration, and after that applying my concept was simple.
Having Chance the Rapper as a part of my work was ridiculously fun, hopefully I can do more commissions along these lines in the future. You can purchase a copy of the prints as well as read more about why I chose the lyrics here @ hiphopartproject.com
-- Stephen Davis Illustration.