When I heard that the mighty Joe Cocker passed away last December, I decided to start a portrait of him.
I wanted to do it differently than my usual portraits. I wanted this one to be full of frantic movement and raw emotion, so I skipped the pencil sketch portion of my process and drew him on the computer.
This portrait is a composite of 3 different photos from his performance at Woodstock.
The man was a brilliant blues and rock singer. He made his name by singing, or interpreting other peoples songs. Once Joe sang a song, his version was from that point on the definite version.
The best way to enjoy this painting is by listening to Mad Dog and Englishmen while dinking a pint of Guiness Stout.
A print can be purchased here.