This is a sketch of rapper/actor Mos Def that I have been meaning to paint for a while. I plan to give him the Tyson treatment. I have a break between jobs coming up, so I will probably start soon.

I met Mos back when I was working in the basements of Ecko, before he really blew up. He was really grounded and had a ton of energy, so I want that to come across in my paint. I’ll keep you updated as the piece comes together, but for now here is my initial drawing. As always, I’ll dial in the likeness as I paint…

Big thanks to my friend Cognito at Frolab for supplying me with some great concert shots to use as reference!