By the time this is posted, pretty much the entire world has heard about Prince’s death yesterday. I’m usually not a person who feels completely heartbroken when artists die, but Prince is a different story. He wasn’t my favorite artist of all time (that’s KISS), but he was fundamental to my development as an individual nonetheless, and I wanted to honor him in some small way that I could.
Prince always stayed true to himself, both as an artist and as a human being, throughout his entire career. He showed that musicians could still be commercially successful while staying true to their own roots and style with enough dedication, talent, and heart. He, along with other amazing artists like David Bowie, taught us younger ones that you should always and unapologetically be true to yourself and express yourself in your own style. I admired this so much about him, and he helped me become comfortable in my beautiful (and sometimes very quirky) skin.
Since I lack the musical talent to cover any of his music, I decided to take Prince’s “love symbol” and incorporate it into my own art form. Though it was tedious (especially free-handing the symbol), this was a lot of fun for me to do. Feel free to comment below if you would like to see a tutorial for this tribute!