This was the second assignment due for my Illustration Core class taught by Gary Taxali. In this illustration, he wanted us to illustrate a portrait of a still living, famous person. I wanted my concept to actually fall into a current event, pretending like this was an actual commission. When I went through all the celebrities I knew of (which isn't many) and then counted all the ones I would actually like to do a portrait of, I was so happy to find that Jay-Z would block in my mental check list. He recently left Def Jam and is going to start a label with Apple.
Sketch of Jay-z
Final digital painting on Corel Painter. (Referenced Jay-Z's face)